Barack Obama's bid to win North Carolina, now only symbolic, turned to thousands of provisional ballots Wednesday that must be sorted, analyzed and counted before they can be added to the Election Day tally.
State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett estimated there are about 40,000 provisional ballots left to count, cast by voters whose eligibility to vote must be confirmed. Many provisional ballots are cast when a voter's name does not appear on a precinct's rolls, perhaps if the voter's registration could not be verified or if the voter turned up on Election Day at the wrong precinct.
Some voters cast provisional ballots even when they're not registered, and those votes may not be counted unless the person made an effort to register on time.
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