The election may be over, but there is still plenty of work to be done. New Hanover County Board of Elections is currently working to make sure every vote counts. New Hanover County received more than 2,000 provisional ballots on Election Day. They are part of an effort to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. Now they need to decide which ones will count. Elections employee, Nathan Evick, said, “You are entitled to a provisional vote, it's for the Board of Elections of course to decide.” Before employees can begin to verify voter information on the provisional ballots, they have to organize them by voting precincts. Then, employees sort provisional ballots by the reasons they are used. “If it's somebody that had just moved into the county and there needed to be an Election Day transfer or something like that, then we would like for their vote to count,” said Lead Elections Specialist, Sally Shepherd. Other common reasons for provisional ballots are people trying to vote outside their precinct, misplaced paperwork from the DMV, or voters who registered after the election precinct guides were printed. Employees are reviewing ballots and conducting research so they can make recommendations for the board. Elections employee, Jennifer Hales, said, “I just enter it into the provisional voter system. I put all the notes in there and make sure everything is listed whether it was approved or disapproved.” The board will use the reports to help them make a final decision on the provisional ballots on November 13th and 14th. “So those who cast a provisional ballot should feel really great that we are doing due diligence to make sure each vote is counted,” said Valerie Robinson, election employee. Provisional voters can call 866-522-4723 with the pin number from the instruction sheet any time after November 14th to find out the status of their vote. According to the New Hanover Board of Elections, votes placed in the proper county, but the wrong precinct, will only count towards races held in your correct precinct. If it is placed in the wrong county, your votes probably will not be counted.
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