- Ballots are returned with a blank ballot return
message if the preference race is not marked. Isn't the preference
Do you mean blank ballot or
blank race? How are the other races voted? If the ballot really
is blank, then is should be rejected as blank. I'll try to reproduce
- A candidate and write-in selected in a vote for one
race are returned as overvoted, even though the override write-in rule
should effect the selection of the write-in
Is the write-in
override rule broken or does this have to do with preference races?
If the former, submit another report with a minimal example (one
race) and I will look into it. If the latter, let me
- If the first partisan race following the preference
race is overvoted the race is returned as overvoted where a political party
different from that of the party endorsing the partisan race is selected in
the preference race.
This is very difficult to
parse. I think you mean:
Partisan races are
rejected as overvoted even if they should not be counted because of party
Right? If so, this
sounds like an AccuVote bug. Guy, please take a look.
- A ballot is rejected with the preference race and
first partisan candidacy as blank and multi-party votes in all three
partisan candidacies where the preference race has been left blank and
candidates selected in all three partisan races. Since all three races
should be discarded as blank (due to multi-party overvote, there should
either be a blank race return message for all three candidacies or none at
all (since the three partisan candidacies are already being returned due to
Again I can barely
parse this. I think this is the same case as your first
point. Should any votes be counted for the ballot in question or
not? If not, it should be rejected as blank. If I didn't understand
you (this would not suprise me), try explaining it again without
the run on sentences.
- Candidacies marked with a candidate as well as a
write-in are being tallied as overvoted even though they should be tallied
as write-in using the override write-in rule.
You already said this,
- The Republican party is selected in the preference
race, one candidate in the Democrat candidacy and no candidates in either
the Republican or Unaffiliated candidacies - the Democrat candidate marked
on the ballot is tallied even though the Democrat candidacy should be
tallied as blank voted.
I will try to reproduce
this. Do you have a test case?
- The Democrat party is selected in the preference
race, two candidates in each of the vote for one Democrat and Republican
candidacies and a candidate and write-in in the Unaffiliated
candidacy. The Democrat candidacy should be logged with an overvote
and the Republican and Unaffiliated candidacies with blank votes, yet all
three partisan candidacies are returned as blank
I cannot parse this, but
I'll try setting up a partisan race voted democrat and a partisan democratic
race overvoted and see what happens. Are you saying the democratic race
will be rejected as blank instead of overvoted?
I have to ask. Is a
"candidacy" a race or a candidate?
I understand the preference race to conform to the
following logic in a closed primary (all races on a single ballot): If
no selection is made in the preference race and only selections are made in
partisan races endorsed by one party, all partisan race choices are
considered. If no selection is made in the preference race and
selections are made in races belonging to more than one political party, all
partisan race choices are discarded. If a valid selection is made in the
preference race only the results of races endorsed by the political party
selected in the preference race are taken.
I am not sure. For
what it is worth, GEMS central count only counts partisan races controlled by a
preference race if they match the preference candidate, but now that I
think about it that sounds wrong. It makes more sense if it behaved like a
closed primary without a preference race. That gets really hairy in the
face of multiple preference races though. Guy, how does the AV behave in
Whoever in ESG that is
responsible for accounts that have preference races should follow up with the
statutes if they want to make sure this is correct. I'll make sure CC
behaves however you want it.
I understand the override write-in tally rule to
cause only write-in selections to be taken in a race in which the combination
of candidate and write-in selections cause an
I look forward to your bug
report on the write-in override rules.