What’s Wrong With These Ballots?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has released digital images of a number of contested ballots in the Minnesota Gubernatorial race.

Some of the ballots are double marked or votes were scribbled well outside of the oval.

Each of these ballots has been contested by one side or the other.

The picture gallery includes examples of these ballots, collected from across the state of Minnesota.

In some of the images we created, they were edited to show a close-up of the mark or scribble in question. Otherwise, they are exactly as presented in the official state website.

Look at these examples and let John Williams know what you think!

Click here to view the slideshow of contested ballots.

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  • Kenny McDonald

    What’s wrong with these? Your vote doesn’t count, that’s what! They explained to you, when you received your ballot, that if you mark more then one, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT be counted dummy! Go back to the end of the line, have the election officials shred the ballot you messed up on, get a new one and mark your vote correctly. There should be no dispute over an incorrectly marked ballot because of that fact!

  • David Conklin

    >They explained to you, when you received your ballot, that if you mark more then one, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT be counted

    No, they did not.

    • B

      David you night have to use a little common sense when you vote!!!! how can they count 2 differant marks they shouldnt have to tell you that

      • David Conklin

        My comment was about the whopper that “They explained to you, when you received your ballot, that if you mark more then one, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT be counted” and nothing else.

  • Alex V

    It says vote for 1 right on the ballot! Also, the machine won’t accept the ballot if you vote for more than 1.

  • dunnski57

    And people wonder why the framers of the Constitution didn’t trust the common schmo to make intelligent decisions. These boneheads can’t fill in a little oval.

  • David Conklin

    >These boneheads can’t fill in a little oval.
    “little oval” is part of the problem. They are too small for most people. For example, when it comes to working on fixing something, I don’t work with any part smaller than half an inch.

  • Jon Lindquist

    ooo, someone is offended, I bet his ballot is one of the examples shown and now he is mad it may get rejected

  • Joseph

    Damn… I knew I should have just voted for the lizard people.

  • Kate

    I know I’m only 29 and have voted in only 3 presidential elections, but every time a nice elderly election judge has handed me my ballot and patiently explained what to do while I ho and hum and politely wait for her to end her spiel. If you don’t get the fact that you pick 1 and then fill in the corresponding oval, I don’t think ANYONE can help you.

  • Krissi

    I like the person who just colored in all the ovals. You have to wonder how they did on tests we have all taken in school with the bubble answer sheets. Why waste you’re time going to vote if you aren’t going to do it right?

  • DB

    These examples are further proof that with the right to vote brings to light the incompetency of people to know the simple facts in how to vote. This is quite evident as these same people make their decisions on who to vote for based on made up and dishonest corporate TV coverage. And that most of these middle class voters can’t comprehend that they voted against themselves.

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