In appearance, the Extra Vote is similar to the parchment used in Tribal Council, however, it has a distinct margin on all four sides. This vote can be played until there are only five or six contestants left (varies per season). The player that owns it may vote for another player twice or vote for two separate people. It will be counted as any other vote, and may still be nullified by a Hidden Immunity Idol.
To use the Extra Vote, the player must state their intention in voting again before the host tallies the votes. Depending on the season, they may or may not be required to reveal their use of the advantage in public.
A more powerful variant of the Extra Vote, the Vote Steal allows a player to prevent another from voting and take that player's ballot as their own. The player who invokes this advantage may vote for any other person with their second vote, including the person whose vote was stolen.
Unlike with the standard Extra Vote, the use of the Vote Steal requires the player to state their intention before any votes are cast. Also, by stealing another player's vote, the user of the Vote Steal will cast their vote on a regular parchment, allowing more anonymity as to whom the Vote Steal was used against.
Extra Votes At Revotes
The exact mechanics of the Extra Vote at a revote following a tie are currently unknown.
Stephen Fishbach (who used the Vote Steal in Survivor: Cambodia) has stated that it carries over to a revote following a tie. If the person targeted by the Vote Steal is not part of the tie, the user of the Vote Steal retains control of the target's vote at the revote.
In Survivor: Ghost Island, the note presented to Kellyn Bechtold when she received her Extra Vote stated that it would "extend through a tie and revote", but at the actual Tribal Council where she used it, she did not use it, as she had forgotten that it could be used on a revote.
The Extra Vote (described only as an "advantage") first appeared at the Survivor Auction on Day 25, when Carolyn Rivera, Dan Foley, and Mike Holloway paid $480 for the advantage. As the bid ended in a tie, the contestants drew rocks for a chance to win it. Dan won the rock draw and the Extra Vote. Tyler Fredrickson later searched Dan's bag and discovered the advantage and its powers. Dan played his advantage at the Day 35 Tribal Council. Afraid that she might be eliminated as a result of the Extra Vote being cast, Carolyn used her Hidden Immunity Idol to negate all votes for her (including the Extra Vote), blindsiding Dan himself.
A variant of the Extra Vote was introduced during the Bermuda Triangles Immunity Challenge on Day 24. While the challenge was underway, host Jeff Probst released a row of buoys, and the first to bail out of the challenge and swim toward their buoy won the advantage. Spencer Bledsoe and Stephen Fishbach raced to their buoys, but it was Stephen who won the advantage. Back at camp, Stephen learned his advantage: he obtained the privilege to vote twice, but in turn, he would deny a tribemate the right to vote. Stephen decided to use his advantage on the Day 29 Tribal Council. He chose to "steal" Joe Anglim's vote, and voted against Abi-Maria Gomes and Joe, but was voted out in a 4-3-2 vote after Spencer flipped on him.
The Extra Vote was introduced during the final eight Reward Challenge on Day 25 as one of the three rewards that could be competed for in the challenge, A Leg Up. Aubry Bracco, Cydney Gillon, and Tai Trang chose to compete for this advantage, with Tai ultimately outlasting Aubry to win. Tai later opened up the advantage to reveal that it was an Extra Vote that would be valid until five contestants remain. Tai used his advantage at the Day 32 Tribal Council. He placed his two votes on Michele Fitzgerald, but his plan did not work as his alliance decided to eliminate Kyle Jason instead, resulting in a 4-2-1 vote.
After being left without a tribe after a Tribe Switch on Day 14, Debbie Wanner was sent off to Exile Island until the next Tribal Council was completed. Former two-time castaway and Caramoan winner John Cochran, who was visiting Debbie on Exile Island, offered Debbie an Advantage Menu—a choice between three advantages—and she opted to pick the Extra Vote over a fake Hidden Immunity Idol kit and an advantage for her tribe at the next Immunity Challenge. Debbie used the advantage on Day 24, voting against Ozzy Lusth twice and ensuring a majority vote, even though Ozzy would have gone home regardless.
After the conclusion of the Day 25 Reward Challenge, O-Black Water, Sarah Lacina acquired an advantage that was revealed to be a Vote Steal that could be used all the way until the final five. Another variant of the Extra Vote, this advantage would steal another tribe member's vote, depriving them of voting. She used it at the Day 35 Tribal Council, using it to steal Tai Trang's vote and cast an extra vote against Michaela Bradshaw, who was voted out.
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
On Day 20, Lauren Rimmer found an advantage hidden in a bundle of nails given to the Solewa tribe during the merge. This advantage required her to abstain from voting the immediate Tribal Council before being granted an Extra Vote that she could use at a future Tribal Council. Lauren was voted out at the Day 33 Tribal Council after Ben Driebergen used his Hidden Immunity Idol to negate all votes for him, blindsiding Lauren with the unused Extra Vote still in her possession.
After the Reward Challenge on Day 18, Kellyn Bechtold was sent back to Ghost Island by the Naviti tribe. At Ghost Island, she decided to play for an advantage and was allowed two out of three chances to receive one, and she received the Vote Steal used by Sarah Lacina to vote out Michaela Bradshaw in Game Changers, which was now an Extra Vote at a Tribal Council, and could be used up to the final six. At the second half of the Day 29 Double Elimination, Kellyn cast two votes for Laurel Johnson in order to split the vote between Laurel and Michael Yerger; after the vote tied, Kellyn helped vote out Michael at the revote.
After the Reward Challenge on Day 33, Sebastian Noel was sent to Ghost Island by Domenick Abbate and Wendell Holland. There, he decided to play for an advantage and was allowed three out of four chances to receive three an advantage. He received Sarah Lacina's Vote Steal from Game Changers, which was still an Extra Vote, and was put back in play after Kellyn misplayed it earlier on. Sebastian was voted out at the Day 36 Tribal Council after opting not to use the Extra Vote at the last Tribal Council in which he could have done so.
David vs. Goliath
At the merge feast, a clue for the advantage could be seen on the table. However, no one picked up on this clue. Later, on Day 21, Davie Rickenbacker and Nick Wilson searched for an advantage and stumbled upon the same clue. Nick later found the Vote Steal by a palm tree. He used it at the Day 25 Tribal Council to steal Alison Raybould's vote and cast a second vote against Dan Rengering, contributing to his elimination.
Edge of Extinction
During the marooning on Day 1, a secret advantage was hidden among the supplies that castaways could gather. Ron Clark found the advantage, which turned out to be an Advantage Menu giving him one of three advantages up until the third Tribal Council. The finder can either steal the reward from the winning tribe, use the parchment as an Extra Vote, or use it for individual immunity, which works similar to a Hidden Immunity Idol. Ron did not have to choose any advantage as his tribe did not go to any of the first three Tribal Councils, leaving the Advantage Menu to expire after the Day 8 Tribal Council.
On Day 13, a standalone Extra Vote was hidden on the Edge of Extinction, which the finder must gift to a castaway attending the next Tribal Council. This Extra Vote would be good until the final seven. Rick Devens found the Extra Vote and gifted it to Aubry Bracco after Manu lost the following Immunity Challenge. However, Aubry was blindsided without using it the very same night, with the Extra Vote being taken out of play after she was sent to the Edge of Extinction herself.
On Day 21, another Extra Vote was hidden on the Edge of Extinction, but due to the tribes being merged, it could be given to any castaway on the Vata tribe. Aubry found the Extra Vote, again usable until the final seven, and gifted it to Aurora McCreary after the following Immunity Challenge. On Day 27, Aurora transferred possession of the Extra Vote to Ron, who allowed her to reclaim it the following day. On Day 31, Aurora, fearing being part of a tie vote, once again transferred possession, this time to Gavin Whitson, who held individual immunity, as part of a Split Vote plan against Ron on the last night that the Extra Vote could be used to ensure that its effects would carry into a revote. Their plan was successful, and Ron was voted out that night after Rick played an idol for himself.
Island of the Idols
On Day 34, Dean Kowalski was selected by random draw to go to the Island of the Idols. For his mentors' challenge, Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine offered him a choice of three advantages—an Extra Vote, an Idol Nullifier, or a Hidden Immunity Idol good for the next Tribal Council which could not be played on himself— if he won a game of chance. Dean chose to play for an Idol Nullifier.
|Season||Location||Episode Acquired||Original Owner||Advantage||Given To||Episode Used||Intended Target||Successful?||Eliminated||Pertinent Notes|
|Survivor: Worlds Apart||Survivor Auction||"Bring the Popcorn"|| |
|Extra Vote||None||"My Word Is My Bond"|| |
|Survivor: Cambodia||Day 24 Immunity Challenge||"Witches Coven"|| |
|Vote Steal||None||"My Wheels Are Spinning"|| |
|Survivor: Kaôh Rōng||Day 25 Individual Reward||"I'm Not Here to Make Good Friends"|| |
|Extra Vote||None||"Now's the Time to Start Scheming"|| |
|Survivor: Game Changers||Exile Island||"Vote Early, Vote Often"|| |
|Extra Vote||None||"There's a New Sheriff in Town"|| |
|Hidden at Day 25 Reward Challenge||"A Line Drawn in Concrete"|| |
|Vote Steal||None||"Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow"|| |
|Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers||Hidden in bundle of nails during the merge||"Playing with the Devil"|| |
|Survivor: Ghost Island||On Ghost Island||"Gotta Risk It for the Biscuit"|| |
|Extra Vote||None||"The Finish Line Is in Sight"|| |
|"Always Be Moving"|| |
|Survivor: David vs. Goliath||Hidden by a palm tree during the merge||"You Get What You Give"|| |
|Vote Steal||None||"Breadth-First Search"|| |
|Survivor: Edge of Extinction||Hidden during the marooning||"It Smells Like Success"|| |
|On the Edge of Extinction||"It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever"|| |
|"I'm the Puppet Master"|| |
|Extra Vote|| → → |
Ron Clark → Aurora McCreary → Gavin Whitson
- The Extra Vote had previously been introduced in several international versions of the series like Expedition Robinson and Survivor Philippines. In the Philippine version, the Extra Vote was also offered during the auction as a regular sealed item. The winning bidder, Charisse Yacapin, was given a choice between an already revealed food item and the still-covered Extra Vote. She chose the food.
- Though the Extra Vote has helped eliminate its target multiple times, the individual vote alone has never altered the eventual outcome of Tribal Council.
- In Worlds Apart and Cambodia, the person playing the Extra Vote was eliminated at that Tribal Council.
- In Kaôh Rōng, both the user and the target survived Tribal Council.
- In Game Changers (both times), David vs. Goliath, and Edge of Extinction (third time), the target was voted out, but by at least a two-vote margin.
- In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Ghost Island (second time), and Edge of Extinction (second time), the holder was voted out without using it.
- In Ghost Island (first time), the target was the secondary half of a split vote, and survived the revote.
- In Edge of Extinction (first time), the Extra Vote was made available as one of the three possible choices of an Advantage Menu, which was good up until the third Tribal Council. However, the holder's tribe never went to any of the first three Tribal Councils, leaving the Advantage Menu to expire.
- The Extra Vote is the only advantage offered on both occasions an Advantage Menu was available.
- Aurora McCreary (Edge of Extinction) became the first player to transfer ownership of the Extra Vote to another player, when she gave her Extra Vote to Ron Clark.
- Ron became the first player to possess two Extra Votes in one season, the first as a possible choice of an Advantage Menu (which expired unused), and the second being given to him by Aurora.