Blank, null and contested vote in the Argentine elections: what are the differences?

(CNN Spanish) – – On August 13, primary, open, simultaneous and mandatory (PASO) elections are held in Argentina. Here we tell you the difference between a blank, null or contested vote.

In the Argentine electoral system, the affirmative vote and the blank vote are considered valid.

He Official site of the Government of Argentina indicates that the favorable vote is given when:

  • “It is issued by official ballot of the same group (or list) for all categories of office”.
  • “For each category of positions to be chosen, official ballots are issued by different groups (or lists).”
  • “The official ballot paper has deletions, additions, tears or substitutions (deletions), as long as the heading is intact.”
  • “In the envelope there are more official ballots from the same list and the same categories of office”. In this case, only one will be calculated and the rest will be destroyed.

What is blank voting?

A blank vote is also considered a valid vote. Occurs when the voter hands over the empty envelope.

What is a null vote?

A vote is considered void when, pursuant to art the government website:

“The envelope contains ballots from different political groups for the same office”

“The card is crossed out, written or torn off and the name and number of the political group and the category to be chosen cannot be read”.

“There are foreign objects in the envelope.”

“It is issued by means of an unofficial ballot paper. For example, previous ballot papers.

What is a contested vote?

The vote is considered contested when there are doubts about the voter’s identity.

These votes are counted, but are not opened or counted at the table. They are sent to the National Electoral Justice to evaluate their validity or determine their nullity.

There is another type of vote, known as an appeal. These are the cases in which the justification is questioned in the scrutiny of the table by a prosecutor, who must base his decision on a “specific manifestation of the cause”. These votes are sent to the National Electoral Council or a competent federal court for evaluation.

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This Friday, August 14, the National Electoral Chamber released the definitive electoral rolls for voting in PASO. It can be consulted by entering the data Here.

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