OVERVOTES AND UNDERVOTES
WHAT IS AN OVERVOTE?
An overvote occurs when an individual indicates on his/her ballot a vote for more candidates than the number of candidates for which an individual is permitted to vote for a particular office.
- Overvotes can only occur when voting on a punch card, optical scan or paper ballot voting system
- Overvotes cannot occur when voting on a lever voting machine or direct recording electronic device.
WHAT IS THE RESULT OF AN OVERVOTE?
When a voter overvotes for a particular office, all of the votes cast by that voter for the overvoted office are CANCELLED.
HOW TO AVOID AN OVERVOTE
To avoid overvoting when on a punch card, optical scan or paper ballot voting system.
- Be sure to read the voting instructions for the voting system used in your election district.
- If you inadvertently vote for more than the allowed number of candidates for a particular office ask for a new ballot BEFORE THE DEFECTIVE BALLOT IS CAST. If you have not cast the ballot, the district election board is obligated to provide you with a replacement ballot upon request.
- Examples of instructions for voting should be similar to the following:
- Vote for One.
- Vote for not more than Two.
- Voter for not more than Three.
Overvoting should not be confused with undervoting. A voter undervotes when he casts fewer votes for a particular office than he is permitted to cast. UNDERVOTING IS EVERY VOTER'S RIGHT. NO BALLOT OR VOTE WILL BE CANCELLED AS A RESULT OF AN UNDERVOTE.
ASK FOR HELP
If you are confused as to whether you have overvoted or undervoted, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE FROM A MEMBER OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF ELECTIONS.