How to Mark Your Ballot

  • To vote, completely fill in the oval to the right of your choice
  • Please use the Sharpie marker that is provided in your voting booth. You may also use a pen with only BLUE or BLACK color ink to mark your ballot.

    The use of a Sharpie pen will not void your ballot. The voting system works well with a Sharpie type of marker and is the recommended type of ballot marking pen you should use to mark your ballot as the ink dries fast and is easily detected by the ballot tabulators. The system reads only one side of the ballot at a time and the ovals used to mark your choices do NOT align with the ovals on the other side of the ballot card. If pen bleed-through does occur, it will not affect the contests on the other side.
  • Do not use red, green or purple ink.
  • "Vote for..."How Many? DO NOT vote for more candidates than the number indicated for each contest.  If you make a mistake on one contest, it does not invalidate the entire ballot.
  • Write-In Voting: To vote for a qualified write-in candidate, write the person's name in the wite-in space and fill in the oval. Do not write in a name that’s already printed on the ballot.
  • Need a New Ballot? If you make a mistake and need a new ballot, call (408) 299-VOTE [8683] or toll free (866) 430-VOTE [8683].​
How to mark your ballot example

After Completing your Ballot:

  • Detach the top numbered stub
  • Place your voted ballot in the secrecy sleeve. (Do Not Fold) and return to the Election Officer for deposit into the ballot box.

Voting Provisionally (Pink Envelope):

  • Detach the top numbered stub
  • Place your voted ballot in the PINK Provisional Envelope (Fold on pre-scored folds ONLY) and return to the Election Officer for deposit into the ballot box.​

 

 

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