To avoid overvoting when on a punch card, optical scan or paper ballot voting system.
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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.
When a voter overvotes for a particular office, all of the votes cast by that voter for the overvoted office are cancelled.
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.
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.