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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The turnout for the by-election was 28% with 964 votes cast and only four spoiled ballot papers.
Returning officers in Rugby, Ipswich and North Norfolk reported hundreds of spoiled ballot papers with Brexit scrawled over them.
Coun Glenis Slater, leader of the Lib Dems, said she had detected a lot of anger on the doorstep and had seen many spoiled ballot papers while watching the count.
It makes provisions for virtually every eventuality on election day including spoiled ballot, papers, over voting, recount of votes etc.
In the runoff, 5.64 per cent, or 22,951 registered voters, cast a blank or spoiled ballot. But this paled in comparison to the 46,038 more votes that Anastasiades obtained over Malas.
Despite the impression misleadingly given by Sunday Politics, there's no such official entity as a "spoiled ballot".
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.
Showing dozens of spoiled ballot papers to journalists, Khetran demanded ECP to verify the thumb impressions on ballot papers in his constituency, through NADRA's biometric system.
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.