"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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kopko, Kyle, "X" Marks the Spot, Or Does It? An Analysis of Voter Intent Laws and Their Implications for Counting Paper Ballots (November 29, 2021). South Dakota Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3973242

Kyle Kopko (Contact Author)

Elizabethtown College ( email )

Elizabethtown, PA 17022
United States

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