Provisionals will be counted on Tuesday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Next Tuesday is the day when we will know who the second place finisher is in the Republican nomination for Governor. That's when the provisional votes will be counted. Right now, 208 votes separate the 2nd and 3rd place candidates and the provisional votes may decide if Robert Bentley or Tim James is on the runoff ballot.

To repeat an old familiar saying "It ain't over til it's over," and Republican Gubernatorial candidate  Tim James says the Republican primary race for Governor is far from over. "There are a heck of a lot of provisional ballots out there."

And, James wants to make sure they are all counted next Tuesday. "Every one of these people in this state, regardless of who you voted for, must go to the Board of Registrars and submit their identification by tomorrow afternoon which is Friday afternoon June the 4th."

If you did cast a provisional ballot, Secretary of State Beth Chapman says you already know who you are. "Provisional ballots are ballots given under some stipulation. Maybe a person left their identification at home. They wanted to go ahead and vote. They were on the voter list. They were allowed that ballot but it had to be provisional."

And, it's at the county Board of Registrars where your I-D must be verified. George Noblin is head of the Montgomery County Board of Registrars. "Only a small number of the provisionals actually get counted. It's not really a factor in an election. Usually, an election is not that close. But, this time if we're talking an election with just a couple hundred votes - 67 counties - who knows?" @

James also says, "It is a long way from over because these provisional ballots have to be accounted for and from what we're hearing the number could well be in the low thousands."

But, James did not want to comment on his future plans. He didn't want to say whether he's planning to call for a recount of the votes. He says he's waiting until the provisionals are counted before deciding what to do.

Again, if you voted a provisional ballot last Tuesday because you didn't have the proper identification, you have until Friday, June 4th at 5:00 PM to take that I-D to the Board of Registrars in your county if you want your vote to count.