Provisional Ballots

The supervisor of elections is required by law to provide a provisional ballot to certain persons, including:

  • A person who fails to provide the required photo and signature identification at the polls on election day
  • A voter claiming to be properly registered in the state and eligible to vote at the precinct, but whose eligibility cannot be determined
  • A voter who has moved from one county to another within the state and who changes his/her address at the polling place on the day of an election
  • A person whose right to vote is challenged by any elector or poll watcher
  • A person who votes in an election after regular poll-closing time pursuant to a court or other order extending the statutory polling hours
  • A person who has received a vote-by-mail ballot from and returned it to the supervisor of elections office, but goes to the precinct on election day maintaining he/she has not returned the ballot and remains eligible to vote
  • A person who has received a vote-by-mail ballot from the SOE and it cannot be determined whether the ballot has been returned to and received by the supervisor

Notice of rights to provisional ballot voters

  • A person casting a provisional ballot has the right to present written evidence supporting his or her eligibility to vote to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, 101 S Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236, by not later than 5 p.m. on the second day following an election.
  • In a primary election, it is important to contact the supervisor of elections office immediately to confirm you are registered and eligible to vote in the general election.
  • If you voted a provisional ballot because you did not have the proper identification, your ballot will be counted if your signature on the provisional ballot Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation matches the signature on your registration record and if you voted in the proper precinct. You will not need to provide further written evidence to the supervisor of elections.
  • A voter who does not sign the voter certificate on the provisional ballot envelope, or whose signature on the certificate does not match the signature on file in the voter registration record, may cure the missing/mismatched signature by completing a Provisional Ballot Cure Affidavit and returning it to the supervisor of elections along with ID prior to 5 p.m. on the second day after the election.
  • Information about whether your provisional ballot was counted in the final canvass of votes, and, if not, the reasons, why, will be mailed no later than 30 days following the election. A provisional ballot voter may also contact the supervisor of elections office at 861-8619 for information on whether his/her ballot was counted.