Travis Rice expressed surprise when he was told the ballot he cast earlier this month during the Oklahoma general election hadn’t counted. “That doesn’t make me happy,” Rice said, when informed by the Tulsa World that his provisional ballot had been rejected. “They told me it would count,” the Jenks resident said, quoting what precinct workers told him when he cast the provisional ballot. Rice was among hundreds of voters who cast provisional ballots during the Nov. 4 election that ended up not being counted by election officials, records show. And while nearly all were rejected for valid reasons, some were not counted due to mistakes by election workers, a World investigation has found.
An election board official said two of the 301 provisional ballots cast in Tulsa County during the general election were rejected due to error.
State law permits voters to cast a provisional ballot if they don’t show valid identification or their name doesn’t appear on a voter registry, among other reasons. Some 1,600 voters statewide cast provisional ballots during the Oklahoma general election, about half of which were never officially counted due to flaws identified by election officials.