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If you cast a provisional ballot, your vote might not count depending on where you voted

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Madison County has almost twelve hundred provisional ballots they're going through right now.

Limestone County said this is the most provisional ballots they've ever had. The problem with provisional voting is that based on where you're registered to vote, and where you actually voted, your vote might not count.

"They're told that their vote won't be counted, because you're registered somewhere else, not even registered here, but they still want to vote," said Madison County Probate Judge Tommy Ragland.

Judge Ragland said if that's the case, they tell their inspectors to go ahead and let people vote provisional and then later it will be determined if it counts or not.

"That's up to the Board of Registrars to check them and see if they're actually a qualified voter," he said.

The Board of Registrars must then go back and research every provisional ballot cast, one by one, to see where that voter is actually registered, or if they're even registered at all.

That then determines if the vote is counted or not.

The board said most of the time people don't even know their vote won't be counted, because they think they're registered but then they moved and didn't update their registration.

One of the reasons there is this large of a number of provisional ballots is that they could come from the amount of students that voted this year.

"Students don't always plan, you know how they should've actually voted absentee ballot back at their home place," said Judge Ragland.

The registrars office said that for students and others who live out-of-state, voting with an absentee ballot is the best way to go, and you should register as soon as absentee ballot applications are available.

And for those that live within the county and move, they said the best thing you can do is update your registration as soon as you move.

The Board of Registrars have until Tuesday to get all of the provisional ballots counted and determine which ones will count or not.

If it turns out you aren't registered correctly, the good thing is that the Board of Registrars will update your registration and send it to the right place.

This will allow you to be correctly registered for the next election, unless you move before then.