spoiled ballot


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spoiled ballot

A ballot paper that is invalid because the person voting has not marked it properly, whether inadvertently or deliberately.
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Of the 43 voting members under the POC, 40 ballots were cast with one spoiled ballot in a secret balloting during the proceeding that lasted about 30 minutes in orderly manner.
64 per cent, or 22,951 registered voters, cast a blank or spoiled ballot.
ALUN Michael has been voted South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner for a second term, in a count which saw more than 20,000 spoiled ballot papers.
His claims came hard on the heels of a 96 per cent rejection of a threeyear pay deal worth 14 per cent, with 12,881 members voting against, just 454 voting to accept and 17 spoiled ballot papers.
The controversial proposal received 40 no votes, 15 people voted in favour of the bid and there was one spoiled ballot at a meeting last night.
The judge deemed that this ballot had been mistakenly placed in the ballot box and should have been in the spoiled ballot envelope instead.
AWOULD-BE county councillor defeated by a single vote was denied the chance to draw straws for a place in office after returning officers threw out her complaints of a spoiled ballot paper.
One spoiled ballot paper - one small, suitably futile blow against the ruling elite; the insuperable centre ground, destined to bore us to tears for a thousand years.
The report also adds that the elderly and the illiterate persons amongst the electors faced several hardships during vote casting, which explains the relatively high number of spoiled ballot papers (4,964) and blank votes (3,254).
Spoiled ballot papers reflect personal incapacity, or personal choices, or more often as not uncertainty.
Instead, the ballot was placed in the spoiled ballot envelope and was never counted in the election night tabulation, the judge said.
Australia has a phenomenal amount of spoiled ballot papers and some of that is because people don't understand the system.