NC Board Of Elections: Over 40,000 Provisional Ballots Remain To Be Reviewed, Certified

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced Thursday that a total of 40,766 provisional ballots remain to be reviewed and certified across the state.

Officials released the number of provisional ballots from each of the state’s 100 counties after surveying their local board of elections. Under North Carolina law this number of provisional ballots must be released two days after the elections.

“Provisional ballots cast on Election Day must still be researched to determine voter eligibility,” NCSBOE said. “Provisional ballots are cast when an individual’s name does not appear on the poll book or other questions arise about that person’s eligibility to vote or to vote a particular ballot.”

After Election Day, each county board of elections meets before certifying the results to make decisions on provisional applications submitted by voters.

According to the NCSBOE, the county board determines that the voter is eligible, the provisional ballot is counted. If the voter is eligible for some contests on the ballot but not others, the eligible contests will be counted for that voter.

Ballots determined to be cast by eligible voters will be added to the results during the canvass process after county board absentee meetings scheduled through November 13.

This is in addition to the outstanding absentee ballots that has been reported to be as many as 116,200.