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Old 11-02-04, 03:55 PM
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I don't have to vote on all the propostions, right?

I was filling in my sample ballot and was wondering if I can skip voting for judges. I really don't know anything about any of them. There are also a 3 or 4 of the 17 propostions in the ballot that I don't have a position on. I can just skip these without my ballot being thrown out right?
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Old 11-02-04, 04:02 PM
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Yes, you can skip all of them if you wish.

I did not vote for a Senate candidate, for example.
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Old 11-02-04, 05:17 PM
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Which boggles my mind; in 2000 those were called 'undervotes' and they tried to determine who 'should' have been voted for.
Whereas I've always called that an 'abstention', and like you, if I don't know much about the prop orthe candidates, I'll abstain from that particular race [better than a random vote].
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Old 11-02-04, 08:18 PM
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I did this for the Supreme Court section of my ballot. I don't know anything about the candidates. An uninformed vote is a bad vote. If I had done my research I would have known. Oh well. Last week was midterms anyway.

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Old 11-02-04, 11:00 PM
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Originally posted by dtcarson
Which boggles my mind; in 2000 those were called 'undervotes' and they tried to determine who 'should' have been voted for.
Whereas I've always called that an 'abstention', and like you, if I don't know much about the prop orthe candidates, I'll abstain from that particular race [better than a random vote].
That's an interesting point. So, if someone actually chose to not vote for a particular office, they were trying to determine who they might have voted for thereby counting a vote that was never really intended to be cast? That would be screwed up. Maybe we need another selection that indicates "abstention" so there would be no confusion. I would have loved a choice of "withhold vote" for some offices - like you can do when voting as a stockholder.

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pronoun trouble - the first "they" are election officials, the second "they" are the voters.

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