Ballots that are left blank are recorded as a non-vote
A Monday letter appearing in Everybody’s Column regarding pensions misstated the effect of a skipped vote on this year’s state constitutional convention proposition. The letter incorrectly stated “if the ballot isn’t flipped over and the convention vote is left blank, it will count as a yes.” That is not correct. Only votes where the “yes” oval is filled in count as yes votes, as only votes where the “no” oval is filled in count as no votes. A skipped or blank vote counts as neither a yes nor a no vote for the proposition and is reported by the Board of Elections as a non-vote.
Ralph M. Mohr
Jeremy J. Zellner
Erie County Board of Elections