Madison County voters cast three times more provisional ballots in 2016 than in 2012

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --  Long lines on election day at some Madison County precincts were blamed in part on the number of voters who were asked to cast a provisional ballot.

Turns out lots of provisional ballots were cast on election day.

The number of provisional ballots filed in the Nov. 8 election far exceeded the 2012 total, according to the Madison County election records.

There were 1,191 provisional ballots cast in Madison County in 2016, compared to 333 in 2012.

Provisional ballots are largely filed when a voter has problems establishing their ID,  registration, current address or they are at the wrong polling place. Alabama law gives people a chance to cast a vote and a few days – in this year’s election it was until Monday Nov. 14 – to prove they were a registered voter in the election.

The Madison County Board of Registrars had to complete the count and authorization of the provisional ballots by Nov. 15.

The board approved 760 of the ballots cast on election day, while another 431 were determined to be invalid.

WHNT News 19 is continuing to investigate why so many provisional ballots were cast and the reasons for the denial of more than 400 votes.