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New law allows provisional ballots

November 1, 2002

ALBANY - When you head to the polls Tuesday to cast your ballot, you won't have to worry about being denied the right to vote.

A new law says poll workers have to let you vote, even if they can't find it on record that you registered in time and at the right address. You'll vote on a special ballot similar to absentee ballots, and they'll sort out the details later.

"Before, all we could do is just turn them away, this way no one turned is away," Carolyn Hatcher, Elections Supervisor, said. "It may be discovered they are not registered, then it won't count, but it gives the issue a chance to be researched."

The provisional ballots will be sent out to the precincts next week.

posted at 5:37 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com

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