Problems at the polls? Here's what do to

Pat Loeb
November 06, 2018 - 8:10 am

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UPDATED: 12:41 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Every eligible voter should be able to cast a ballot, even if poll workers can't find a voter's name in their rolls. Voters in that position can cast a provisional ballot to make sure their vote counts. 

Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used in a number of circumstances — most commonly, when a voter is not in the poll book, but also if they're voting for the first time or in a new precinct and they forgot their ID. Or if the machines weren't working when they arrived.

City Commission Chair Lisa Deeley says those votes are counted, as long as the voter was indeed eligible. The City Commissioners office administers elections as guided by federal and state laws.

"All provisional ballots are processed to determine the eligiblity of the votes cast," Deeley said.

Deeley says it's a way to protect both the voter and the integrity of the process. She says every polling place has a supply. And if they ever run out, "we'll deliver them right out to them," she said.

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