That summary is a little misleading. It happens the other way, too. The real question is how often in each direction, and why?
I looked at some of the ballot images, and it was basically impossible to fairly judge many of them as for one candidate or the other. Many, probably most, had strong marks near both candidates, such that judging who the voter preferred is an exercise in human bias. Did they fill in the oval first, and then change their mind and put a check mark against the other guy? Did they check and then fill? Was the check deliberate or accidental?
The bottom line is that the rules both forbid and encourage adjudicators to try to read the minds of voters when marks are unclear. This is stupid. If a ballot is marked ambiguously for a race, it simply should not count for that race. That's better than allowing bias to be the deciding factor.
This entry was published Tue Aug 24 23:42:10 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2021-08-24 23:42:10.0.