The City Commissioners Office is a step closer to finding out why more than 27,000 voters were required to cast provisional ballots Election Day.
Staffer Gregory Irving presented a report during Wednesday’s meeting that showed 27,355 voters voted provisionally more than double the 12,733 who voted by provisional ballot in 2008. Of which 19,670 were registered voters and 14,407 were located in the poll books and supplemental sheets.
According to the report many voters went to the wrong divisions to vote and consequently voted provisionally. Provisional voting is when the voter fills out a paper ballot which is counted once the voter’s registration is confirmed. City Commissioner Al Schmidt has said that 650 of the city’s 1,687 voting divisions had moved since 2008 and could have caused confusion among voters.
In other cases, though Election Boards at polling places could not locate the names of voters in either the poll books or the supplemental lists. Supplemental lists are printed in-house by the City Commissioners and include late-processed registrations.