Voter Confusion a Worry This June

Two months ahead of California’s primary election, officials are expressing concerns that an unusually packed list of candidates and the configuration of some ballots could affect tens of thousands of votes.

There are 32 candidates running in the Senate primary and another 27 on the ballot for governor. To make room for all those names, some counties have had to split the names into two -- sometimes three -- columns. In some cases, the choices will continue on a separate page.

That’s a recipe for accidental overvoting and other errors, experts warn. And when that happens, voter selections are discounted altogether. In California’s 2016 Senate race, these potentially confusing ballot configurations exited in 33 counties, resulting in 235,821 discounted votes.

Officials are now warning voters to read their ballots carefully to avoid any mistakes.


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