What happens when a poll worker says you can't vote?

If poll workers can't find your name in the poll book, you will not be permitted to vote on a machine.

Hadas Kuznits
October 22, 2018 - 10:00 pm
it's important to know what to do if poll workers say they cannot let you vote on the voting machine.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- As Election Day nears, it's important to know what to do if poll workers say they cannot let you vote on the voting machine.  

If poll workers cannot find your name in the poll book or the supplemental poll book, you will not be permitted to vote on a machine. You also won't be able to vote on a machine if you are new to a polling place and arrive without identification.  

But Lisa Deeley, Philadelphia City Commissioner chair, says that doesn't mean you can't vote.

"You can ask for a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is an alternative to voting on the voting machine when the poll workers cannot find your information listed," she explained. 

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With a paper ballot, how do you know if your vote has been counted?

"If you find in November that you need to vote by provisional ballot, you may then check the status of your vote at the Pennsylvania Department of State's website," she said. 

Deeley says provisional ballot voters will be given a number with which to check their status so that their vote remains private.