The City Commissioners on Wednesday offered a a look at the initial findings of an internal review of the high numbers of provisional ballots cast in this year's presidential election.
The review by Greg Irving, Acting Voter Registration Administrator for the Commissioners, has not yet reached a conclusion as to why 27,355 voters cast provisional ballots this year, about twice as many as in 2008. Voters cast provisional ballots when their names are not in polling books where they vote.
The high number of provisional ballots in 2012 led to widespread criticism of the three City Commissioners, Anthony Clark, Al Schmidt and Stephanie Singer. They have been trying to figure out what happened.
After reviewing the provisionals, Irving said 19,670 were included in the certified election results. The figure is less than 27,355 because some people who cast provisional ballots lived in other counties, were not registered to vote or had their registrations cancelled.