It’s important to know the rules of the Primary Election
Secretary of State Al Jaeger reminds electors that they cannot vote in the column of more than one political party when marking their ballot in the political party primary section on the June 14 election ballot. The front side of the ballot contains separate columns for the Republican Party, the Democratic/NPL Party, and the Libertarian Party.
Under state law, electors may only mark votes for candidates listed in the column designated for one of the political parties. In the political party primary, if an elector casts a vote for candidates in the column of more than one political party, it is considered a crossover vote and no votes cast by the elector in the political primary portion of the ballot will be counted. Therefore, it is important for the elector to read and follow the instructions above the political party ballot columns, which are located on the front side of the ballot (see example at the bottom).
When the elector is marking his or her ballot at a polling location for the June 14 election and marks votes in more than one political party’s column, the ballot tabulator will alert the voter that the votes marked cross between the separate political party primary columns. The voter will then have the option to obtain a new ballot and vote for candidates in the column of only one political party, or the voter may cast his or her ballot as is, but the votes marked on the front side of the ballot for the political party contests will not be counted. That choice will not affect the votes cast for the No Party contests and measures on the opposite side of the ballot as those votes will still be counted.
For those electors voting by absentee or mail ballot, it is particularly important to read the instructions before marking the ballot and submitting it to the county auditor’s office. Because the ballot is transmitted to the county in a secrecy envelope, it will not be known if there is a crossover vote until the absentee and vote by mail ballots are inserted into the tabulator by a poll worker. If a voter realizes prior to returning the ballot that he or she has incorrectly marked a ballot, the voter may request a replacement ballot from the office of the voter’s county auditor.
Below is an example of the layout and instructions on the Political Party Ballot. To view a complete sample ballot, go to bit.ly/MyVotingInfo.