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Voting on Election Day

Election Day is your chance to let your voice be heard!

We recommend that voters review this section to help familiarize them with the process of voting on Election Day.


Find your polling place and view a sample ballot

Use the Department of State’s Voter Information Center to locate your polling place and view a sample ballot.

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Receiving your ballot

When you get to your polling place, poll workers will ask for your name so they can confirm you are registered to vote. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be asked to show a current and valid ID. Poll workers will give you a ballot and a paper cover called a "secrecy sleeve." You will then proceed to a voting booth, where you can mark your ballot in private. There will be a marking pen in the voting booth for your use in marking your ballot.

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Failure to present valid photo ID

If you do not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polling place, you will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.

For more information regarding provisional balloting, visit the State Board of Elections' website.

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Provisional voting

You may not be allowed to cast a regular ballot at your polling place for the following reasons:

  • You are not on the list of registered voters for that precinct
  • You have requested/voted a mail ballot
  • You are registered to vote in one political party and attempting to vote in another party’s primary
  • Your identity is challenged at the polling place

In any case, the poll worker will offer you the chance to cast a provisional ballot.

For more information regarding provisional balloting, visit the State Board of Elections' website.

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Completing your ballot

Paper ballots feature an arrow beside every candidate's name. To vote for a particular candidate, simply complete the arrow pointing to the person's name.

sample fill out ballot

After marking your ballot, put it back in the secrecy sleeve. Then proceed to the vote tabulator. Remove your ballot from the secrecy sleeve and insert it into the scanner.

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Write-in votes

A vote for someone not shown on the printed ballot is called a “write-in.” The write-in option cannot be used during primary elections (except for Presidential Preference Primaries). You must do two things to cast a "write-in" vote:

  1. Print the name of the person on the blank line labeled "write-in," and
  2. Complete the arrow pointing to the person's name next to the write-in line
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Mismarked ballot

If you make a mistake and would like a new ballot, notify a poll worker. They will assist in voiding out your incorrect ballot and issue you a new one.

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