Indiana Officials Tallying Provisional Ballots

by Rick Howlett on May 7, 2008

The Indiana Secretary of State’s office says election officials are still determining how many Hoosiers filled out provisional primary ballots Tuesday because they did not bring a photo ID to the polls.The number is expected to be relatively small.

Voters who fill out a provisional ballot in Indiana have ten days to confirm their identities with the county clerk.

Secretary of State spokesperson Matt Tusing  says this month’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Indiana’s eight year old voter indentification law did not cause any major confusion.

“There’s no county that indicated any specific photo id issues that were not resolved quickly or not captured by one of the photo id law’s numerous fail safe or safety net provisions that just insure that everyone has the opportunity to vote,” Tusing said.

As for those 12 elderly nuns that were reportedly turned away from a polling place in northern Indiana becuase they brought no photo ID, Tusing says they were given a chance to cast a provisional ballot, but declined.

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