from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ballot that has been cast but shows no legally valid selection in a given race or referendum.
- n. The number of such ballots cast in an election.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vote that has been cast but that shows no legally valid preference for a candidate in an election.
- n. The number of such votes in an election.
Mr. Franken is also trying to raise public doubt about an "undervote" -- suggesting that only machine error can explain why he received 12.2 percentage points fewer votes than did Barack Obama.
When voters use paper ballots, they are not alerted when they intentionally or mistakenly leave a race blank - an "undervote" - or select more than one candidate for one race - an
(An undervote occurs when for some reason a ballot is cast but no vote is registered for the candidate.)
It was pretty clear from a statistical analysis of each such instance that such an undervote occurs when voters are presented with that kind of scenario.
KUHNE: And the Supreme Court, having acknowledged that that was the separation process that Miami-Dade County used and having focused on the quality of vote called undervote or votes that did not get recorded by machine -- the separation was not only acceptable, but the process used by Miami-Dade was the process that led to, I think, the 10,000 or 9,000 undervotes in Miami-Dade County, which the Supreme Court, agrees should counted.
The fight right now is over the 9,000 ballots, the so-called undervote ballots, in Miami-Dade County.
Second, in addition to those 388 votes that have been counted, there are approximately 10,000 ballots that have never been counted once for the presidential election, and it is those so-called undervote ballots that we will be contesting.
This was a group of people that earlier today was dejected, was angry, was raucous, was doing its best to protest the earlier decision of the canvassing board, the decision to just go forward with the so-called undervote of 10,750 ballots.
David Leahy, the election supervisor here in Miami-Dade, said we cannot do the count in the vote tabulation room, and we have to do it on the 18th floor, he could not guarantee that the so-called undervote ballots, the 10,750 undervote ballots that were left, he could not guarantee that he would be finished and completed by Sunday.
This morning, however, the board had made a different decision, to actually go forward with the hand count of a limited number of so - called undervote ballots -- those in which the voter didn't clearly indicate a preference for a presidential candidate.
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