Provisional Voting

Some of the most common circumstances when a provisional ballot is issued:

  • You are not found as a registered voters, and you cannot provide the required documentation or a witness.
  • You are challenged by a pollwatcher in the voting site, and you cannot provide the required documentation or a witness.
  • Voting time is extended by court order.
  • You are voting for the first time after you registered by mail, did not provide required documentation with your registration, and cannot provide documentation when voting.
  • You are marked as having voted during early voting.
  • You requested and received a ballot by mail but cannot surrender it to the election judges.
  • You wish to register with your current Lake County address but cannot provide the required documentation or a witness.
  • You insist on voting at incorrect Election Day voting site.

In the voting site, you and the election judge will complete a Provisional Ballot Envelope. The election judge will give you your ballot and the envelope. After marking your ballot, you seal it in the Provisional Ballot Envelope and return it to the election judge. Your ballot is NOT placed in the ballot bin.

All Provisional Ballot Envelopes are returned to the Lake County Clerk’s office AFTER Election Day. You have seven days to provide the Lake County Clerk’s office with any additional documentation to prove your name and/or address. We work with Illinois State Board of Elections, the Secretary of State’s office, and any new documentation provided by you to determine your registration status. If your status can be validated and have not already cast a ballot, your provisional ballot is counted.  If your name and/or address cannot be validated or you have already cast a ballot, your provisional ballot is not cast.

Provisional Ballot Envelope Receipt-Completed