Recorder's Notes by Pamela Bacon, Logan County Clerk and Recorder
Have you ever wondered why when results come out election night there are these things called Overvotes and Undervotes?
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 votes for a single choice contest. For example, a voter that is permitted to cast one vote for a candidate and does not select a candidate has undervoted.
Voters have the right to undervote if they choose to do so, a ballot will not be canceled or disqualified as the result of an undervote.
Overvotes: An overvote happens when you vote for more candidates than the number of candidates you are permitted to vote for in a particular office race. For example, a voter that is permitted to cast one vote for a candidate and votes for four candidates in that race.
Tips on how to avoid overvoting the ballot:
- Be sure to read the voting instructions for the voting system used in your county. Examples of instructions for voting include: “Vote for One”, “Vote for not more than Two”.
- If you accidentally vote for more than the allowed number of candidates for a particular office, ask for a new ballot before the defective ballot is cast. If you have not cast the ballot, the Election Official is obligated to provide you with a replacement ballot upon request.
Keep in mind that the area of the ballot that is overvoted will not be counted other than as an overvote. The rest of the ballot areas will be counted accordingly.
REMEMBER: Logan County Drop Box can be used for Voted Ballots, Motor Vehicle Renewals or Tax Payments or any other correspondence that needs to get to a county office at the Courthouse.
BallotTrax is a free service for Logan County Voters that allows you to track the status of your ballot online, as well as receive messages by text, phone or email when your ballot has been sent to you and received by our Elections Division. Logan County voters may sign up at votelogancounty.ballottrax.net
The Election and Recording Department can be reached at 522-1544 for voter and election questions or recording information. The Motor Vehicle Department can be reached at 522-1158 for license plates/renewals or titling a vehicle. You can also reach our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Like us on Facebook at Logan County Elections/MotorVehicle/Recording or Twitter @LoganClerkCO