Home | Search | Contact | ANES Home
2000 Florida Ballots Project
Overview
General Information
Project Sponsors
Methodology
Ballot Types

      - Datavote Ballots
      - Optical Scan Ballots
      - Paper Ballots
      - Votomatic Ballots
Frequently Asked Questions
Download Data Files

Optical Scan Ballot Images

[Click on an image to see the full picture in a new window.]

Optical Ballot Image 1 This particular ballot is considered an undervote because the voter used an invalid mark - a checkmark - to indicate the preferred candidate in the Presidential race. On optical scan ballots, only ballots with the oval completely filled in qualify as valid votes.

Optical Ballot Image 2 For this optical scan ballot, Voters are required to complete the arrow to indicate his/her vote. In this example, the voter has selected more than one candidate for President, causing the ballot to be considered an overvote.

Optical Ballot Image 3 This optical scan ballot requires that the voter complete the arrow to indicate his/her vote. In this example, the voter added a second arrowhead to indicate the Democratic candidate in the Presidential race; however, the voter failed to complete the arrow as directed. As a result, this ballot is considered an undervote.

Optical Ballot Image 4 This optical scan ballot requires that the voter complete the arrow to indicate their vote. In this example, the voter not only failed to complete the arrows in the Presidential race but also drew lines below the arrow for each candidate in the Presidential race. As a result, this ballot is considered an undervote.

Optical Ballot Image 5 For this optical scan ballot, the voter did not complete the arrow associated with any candidate. The write-in vote is for an uncertified written candidate.

Optical Ballot Image 6 In this optical scan ballot, the voter has failed to indicate any choice in the Presidential race. As a result, this ballot is considered an undervote.

Optical Ballot Image 7 An optical scan ballot upon which the voter has failed to fill in the oval next to the preferred Presidential candidate and instead place a mark in the margin. Because an oval was not filled in to indicate a choice for President, the ballot is considered an undervote.

Optical Ballot Image 8 In this optical scan ballot, the voter has filled in the ovals corresponding with multiple Presidential candidates. The voter has also placed extraneous pen marks on the ballot. Due to the multiple votes for President, this ballot is considered an overvote.

Optical Ballot Image 9 This image of an optical scan ballot appears to be a properly cast vote for the President. A machine reads the optical scan ballots for voter selections. Optical scan ballot readers only read certain markings. The precinct staff issue a writing instrument which is readable by the optical scanning machine.

Optical Ballot Image 10 On this optical scan ballot, voters must indicate their vote by completing the arrow next to their candidate. This particular ballot is an overvote because the voter has made a variety of extraneous pen markings indicating more than one choice in the Presidential race.

Optical Ballot Image 11 This is an optical scan ballot. A machine reads the optical scan ballots for voter selections. Optical scan ballot readers only read certain markings. The precinct staff issue a writing instrument which is readable by the optical scanning machine. This ballot is an undervote because the voter did not use the precinct-issued writing instrument when voting. Thus, the machine was not able to read the voter's selections and the votes were not tallied.

Optical Ballot Image 12 Here, the voter has filled in the ovals corresponding to more than one Presidential candidate. As a result, this optical scan ballot is considered an overvote.

Optical Ballot Image 13 On this optical scan ballot, the voter indicated a choice for President by circling a candidate's name rather than filling in the oval corresponding with that candidate as required by the ballot instructions. As a result, this ballot is considered an undervote.

Optical Ballot Image 14 The voter on this optical scan ballot has filled in the ovals corresponding with all but one of the Presidential candidates. As a result, this ballot is considered an overvote.

Optical Ballot Image 15 This image of an optical scan ballot is considered an overvote because the voter has filled in the arrow next to more than one Presidential candidate.

Optical Ballot Image 16 On this optical scan ballot, the voter has filled in the ovals corresponding to more than one Presidential candidate. As a result, the ballot is considered an overvote.