"X" Marks the Spot, Or Does It? An Analysis of Voter Intent Laws and Their Implications for Counting Paper Ballots
37 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2021
Date Written: November 29, 2021
This article assesses how ambiguous/vague election laws versus specific laws could influence the counting of paper ballots. The article also provides an empirical classification scheme, based upon statutory/regulation text and pictorial examples of disputed ballots, to measure election law specificity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Keywords: election law, paper ballots, voter intent, motivated reasoning, disputed election
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