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Questioned Voting Process

Questioned Voting Process

If your name does not appear on the precinct register, you do not have identification, or your qualifications to vote have been questioned, you may vote a questioned ballot. When voting a questioned ballot, please be aware of the following:

  • You will be asked to complete and sign both the Borough and City questioned voter registers and ballot envelopes. Remember to sign the ballot envelopes because if you don’t, your vote will not count.
  • You will be given both a Borough ballot and a City ballot and a secrecy sleeve for each ballot.
  • Go to the voting booth to vote your ballots. Follow the instructions on the ballot to complete the ballots.
  • If you make a mistake – do not try to fix it. Ask for a new ballot. Please remember that you may only have three Borough ballots and three City ballots.
  • Once you have voted, fold your Borough ballot along the score and put it in the Borough secrecy sleeve. Fold your City ballot along the score and put it in the City secrecy sleeve. Return the sleeves to the questioned election official.
  • Your Borough questioned ballot is then placed in a sealed ballot envelope and then in the ballot box. The ballot is received unopened by the Borough Clerk’s Office and the Canvass Board. The Board will verify the information on the ballot envelope against the official voter registration record and determine whether to fully count, partially count, or reject your questioned ballot. Within 30 days following certification of the election, a written notice informing you if your ballot was rejected or partially rejected will be mailed to you. Please note, if you do not receive notification – your ballot was counted. 
  • Your City questioned ballot is then placed in a sealed ballot envelope and then in the ballot box. The ballot is received unopened by the City Clerk’s Office and the Canvass Board. The Canvass Board is tentatively scheduled to meet on the Friday after Election Day, in the council chambers located at 231 W. Evergreen Avenue. The Canvass Board's purpose is to verify the information on the ballot envelope against the official voter registration record to determine whether to fully count, partially count, or reject a questioned ballot. Within 30 days following certification of the election, a written notice informing you if your ballot was rejected or partially rejected will be mailed to you. Please note, if you do not receive notification – your ballot was counted.
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