Online Poll Worker Training: Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven: Challenging Voters and Issuing Provisional Ballots


CORRECTION: Not only do challengers and voters need to properly fill out challenge paperwork, but inspectors also must acknowledge challenge affidavits.


1. Why must challenging procedures be followed cautiously?

            a. Because voters can get angry

b. Because it is against the law for someone who is not eligible to vote in a precinct to attempt to cast a ballot and it is also illegal for a precinct election official to fail to challenge a voter they know is ineligible or to challenge a voter that the official knows is eligible to vote

c. Precinct election officials should not be cautious in implementing challenging procedures

            d. Challenging procedures are against the law and should never be implemented


2. Who may challenge a voter?

            a. Precinct election officials only

            b. The Secretary of State only

            c. The circuit court clerk only

d. A member of the precinct election board, a poll clerk when based on a questionable signature, challengers appointed by a candidate or a political party, and political party voters in a Primary Election


3. What are procedures must be followed in order to issue a challenge?

a. The person issuing the challenge must complete the PRE-4 form stating the reason for the challenge and the challenged voter must then complete the back or the bottom of the PRE-4 form affirming they are legally qualified to vote in the precinct

b. The person issuing the challenge must simply state their reason and only the challenged voter must complete the PRE-4 form

c. The person issuing the challenge must complete the PRE-4 form but does not have to state a reason

d. None of the above


4. What distinguishes a provisional ballot from a regular ballot?

            a. Provisional and regular ballots are exactly the same

            b. Provisional ballots don’t have all races listed on them

c. Provisional ballots are similar to regular ballots in appearance but are marked “Provisional Ballot” and contain the circuit court clerk’s seal and signature

d. Provisional ballots are smaller in size and contain only local races


5. How does one cast a provisional ballot?

a. The inspector checks to make sure the PRE-4 form is properly completed, the voter then signs the poll list, both poll clerks initial the back of the provisional ballot, the poll clerks then give the ballot and a PRO-2 security envelope to the voter, the voter then takes the ballot to the voting booth and marks it privately, when the voter is finished voting, the voter encloses it in the secrecy envelope and seals it, returning it to one of the poll clerks, and the voter then receives the PRO-9 form

b. The poll clerks sign the back of the provisional ballot, give the ballot to the voter without an envelope, observe the voter while he/she votes, and then the poll workers, not the voter, places the ballot in a PRO-2 security envelope and seals it

c. The poll clerks give a provisional ballot to the voter and once the voter has marked the ballot privately, the voters place the ballot with all other ballots

d. None of the above


6. If you are uncertain about how to challenge a voter or whether or not to challenge a voter, what should you do?

            a. Make a decision based on what you can remember from training

            b. Don’t issue a challenge

            c. Issue a challenge and then consult the county election board

d. Consult the county election board if you are uncertain about how or whether to challenge a voter