Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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.

3 Comments:

Blogger County Cartel said...

Here is the reality: You can't have a valid vote for nobody. Sure you can punch a hole, but the machine should not be able to count it. It sounds like the ballot counting machine wasn't calibrated on the absentee ballots. Is Julio Garcia asleep at the wheel again?

11/15/2005 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you cite the actual section of Utah law that requires the phrase "No Other Candidate."?

I searched for it online and couldn't find it.

Another way to deliver a protest vote is to intentionally spoil your ballot by punching the holes for all candidates in that race.

I wonder if this "None of the Above" option will be available once the State moves to electronic voting machines.

11/15/2005 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad... cause Jill still remains an invisible little mouse on the council. Her district should be ashamed...

11/17/2005 12:51:00 PM  

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