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  •  Thanks for the great information... (13+ / 0-)

    ...and dispelling a myth that was lodged in my own head.  I consider myself fairly astute when it comes to politics and conduct of elections, but didn't know how the provisional ballot process worked.  I appreciate the explanation!

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:28:50 AM PST

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    •  I've (10+ / 0-)

      worked as an election judge for more than a dozen years, and as the provisional ballot person for close to ten, and even I didn't know exactly how and when they were counted until I became friends with someone who actually does the counting.  My trainers this year didn't even know that our provisional envelope is actually a voter registration form in case the voter is not registered so that they will be for the next election.

      And we have a very good BOE.

      So don't worry, you're in good company.  One of the reasons is that the poll workers issuing them don't seem to know exactly how they work.  And considering that most of these poll workers spend about 15 minutes of their training on provisionals, and that's done once, or for some of them once every 2 - 4 years, that won't change anytime soon.  If you don't understand them, you certainly won't be able to convince the voter that theirs will count.

      The stories I could tell ...

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:21:31 AM PST

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