Overvote

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An overvote occurs when a voter selects more candidates than the voter is permitted to select for a particular office race. For an example, a voter who selects two candidates for president has committed an overvote.[1]

When an overvote occurs, the ballot may be disqualified and not counted.[2]

Preventing overvoting

Overvoting cannot occur when using a direct recording electronic voting system. However, precincts using an optical scan or paper ballot voting system are at risk for overvoting.[1]

Voters can reduce overvoting to carefully reading the voting instructions for the voting system used in their voting precinct. If the voter accidentally selects more candidates than permitted, the voter should request a new ballot before casting the defective ballot.[1]

See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms

References