Provisional ballots are offered to voters for the following reasons:
No record of registration
No Acceptable ID under the Help America Vote Act
Voter already voted
Voted during extended hours
All provisional ballots are returned to the county board of elections, where staff have 10 days to research issues underlying the provisional applications. They then provide the results of the investigations to the county board of elections.
If the provisional ballot is approved, the ballot is removed from the sealed envelope and counted. The board will also inform the voter if there are additional steps that need to take place to approve a ballot.
If a voter moves outside of their precinct, but stays in Watauga County, they can vote at the transfer voting site located in Linville Falls, Room 226 in Plemmons Student Union. That is the only transfer voting site in Watauga County.
To check the status of a provisional vote, a voter may:
Online: Provisional Ballot Lookup
Call (919) 733-7173 or (866) 522-4723
Call your local county board of elections office
Information courtesy of the North Carolina Board of Elections