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An undervote occurs when the number of choices selected by a voter in an election contest is less than the maximum number allowed for that contest. An undervote also occurs when no vote is cast for a single choice contest.[1] For example, a voter that is permitted to cast one vote for a presidential candidate and does not select a candidate has undervoted.

Voters are have the right to undervote if they choose to do so. Unlike an overvote, a ballot will not be canceled or disqualified as the result of an undervote.[1]

An undervote can be intentional for purposes including protest votes, tactical voting or abstention. Alternately undervotes can be unintentional and caused by many factors including poor ballot design.[2][3]

See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms