MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Secretary of State's Office has released updated numbers on Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and provisional ballots from the Dec. 12 special election.
According to officials there have several questions raised about the numbers of UOCAVA and provisional ballots that were cast.
As of Wednesday, the total number of provisional ballots received is 4,967 and of those 2,888 have been verified at this time. No additional ballots are eligible to be received, officials say.
Officials say those ballots were counted by the individual counties on Dec. 19. Those ballots will be included in the vote totals transmitted to the Sec. of State's office no later than Dec. 22, per Alabama law.
Both UOCAVA ballots and approved provisional ballots will be counted and added to the totals before the counties certification deadline which is Friday. The votes, which are not listed separately, are integrated into the final box by box county totals.
Sec. of State John Merrill will meet with the Alabama State Canvassing Board to certify the results of the special election no sooner than Dec. 26 and no later than Jan. 3.
Below is a representation of turnout from several statewide elections held in Alabama. Officials say the number of provisional ballots cast is directly dependent on voter turnout:
- 2014 Gen. Provisional ballots entered – 4645
- 2014 Gen. Provisional ballots accepted/counted – 2909
Percent - 41.5 percent
- 2016 Gen. Provisional ballots entered - 14282
- 2016 Gen. Provisional ballots accepted/counted – 7263
Percent - 66.8 percent
- 2017 Spec. Gen. Provisional ballots entered (so far) - 4967
- 2017 Spec. Gen. Provisional ballots accepted/counted (so far) – 2888
Percent (unofficial) – 40.46 percent
According to the Sec. of State's office, the total number of ballots transmitted to our UOCAVA voters was 485 and the total number returned is 366. No additional ballots are eligible to be received.