Charleston, W.Va. – A new application on the Secretary of State’s website allows voters who cast a provisional, or “challenged,” ballot during the 2012 primary election to check the status of that ballot.
The feature can be found by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com and clicking on the “Provisional Ballot Search” banner at the top of the page.
To check the status of a provisional ballot, a voter must enter their first and last name and their date of birth. A voter must also enter either the last four digits of their Social Security Number or their driver’s license number.
After entering that data, the voter will be taken to a page that will show them if their ballot was or was not counted during their county’s canvass. The county commission in each county sits as a Board of Canvassers beginning five days after an election to carefully examine each provisional ballot and makes a legal decision on whether each provisional ballot should or should not be counted.
“Finding out whether your provisional ballot was counted is on the West Virginia Voter’s Bill of Rights,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “This app on our website adds even more transparency to our elections process. I encourage every West Virginian who cast a provisional ballot during the primary to utilize this search feature.”
The provisional ballot search utilizes data entered by all 55 West Virginia counties into the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), which is maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office.
More information about canvassing, and how Boards of Canvassers examine provisional ballots, can also be found on the Secretary of State’s website.
- Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant