PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Pasco County’s Supervisor of Election Brian Corley says during a hand recount, his team will go over ballots where more than one vote was cast.
That’s known as an over-vote.
“You wouldn’t believe the stuff that we see.”
There are also many ballots where no vote scanned — which is called an under-vote.
“We want to get it right. And not knowing what the voter meant is difficult,” Corley said.
It’s difficult because some voters leave stray marks on the ballot or circle a candidates name instead of filling in the ballot.
The good news is unlike the recount of 2000, there are state standards in place on voter intent.
A canvassing board will make the final ruling on what counts and what doesn’t.
That usually includes the Supervisor of Elections and a county judge.