A provisional ballot records your vote, while the County Board of Elections determines whether it can be counted. In the case of mail-in ballots, the board will determine if a properly completed mail-in ballot was returned. Previously, these were most often used when someone’s name did not appear on the voting rolls at the polling location. The Board of Elections conducts individual reviews of each provisional ballot, while still sealed, to determine if it should be counted. Wayne County Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Elections Jocelyn Cramer said the system is designed to give every voter the benefit of the doubt.