What Does It Mean If I Have To Vote A Provisional Ballot?

Any of the following scenarios would require you to cast a provisional ballot. For a complete list, visit www.MyOhioVote.com.

  • You are not registered to vote or did not update your address at least 30 days prior to the election.
  • You are unable or decline to provide an acceptable form of identification
  • You already requested an absentee ballot for that election.


The content of a provisional ballot is the same as a regular ballot, but it is cast “provisionally” until election officials can verify your eligibility to vote.


If you cast a provisional ballot and did not provide an acceptable form of identification, you must appear in person at the board of elections within 7 days immediately following Election Day with your ID for your ballot to be counted.