Voting Mystery Solved
A few people have commented on SLCSpin regarding a strange phenomenon that showed up in the recent municipal election results . Here's an example: Salt Lake City Councilwoman Jill Remington Love ran unopposed in District 5. She recieved 923 votes . She did not, however, win every vote. Despite being the only PERSON on the ballot, she only tallied 99.68%. That's because 3 votes are listed under "No Other Candidate". I learned today from Salt Lake County that if a candidate runs unopposed, Utah State Law requires that the ballot list the candidate name and the phrase "No Other Candidate". Even though "No Other Candidate" is not a candidate, you can still punch the hole next to the phrase. I suppose some voters use it as a protest vote.