What if I go to my polling place and I'm not on the registration list?

If you arrive at the polling place and believe you have registered to vote, but you are not on the registration list, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot. 

If you cast a provisional ballot, election officials will review it after the election, and if they determine that you were an eligible registered voter according to state law, your ballot will be counted.

States are required to have a free notification system to allow you to find out whether your ballot was counted, and if it was not, why not. Poll workers will provide you with written information describing how to access this free notification system. 

If you did not get that information, you will need to go to your state’s election website:

  • Go to the State Voting Requirements directory.       
  • Choose your state, and on the following page select your election location, and "State Lookup Tools - Am I Registered." 
  • Click the link next to "State Elections Website." 
  • On your state elections website, look for information on tracking your provisional ballot or tracking your ballot. You may find the information you need on the FAQs page of the site.