There is always some confusion about the NRA ballot.Â There are so many seats – many more than most people are used to in any organization – and the Nominating Committee supports more candidates than seats.Â But what happens when people get it wrong?Â Easy, their ballot is considered to be invalid.Â The folks who scan the ballots don’t aim to be Florida election officials, so they tend not to try and determine the proverbial hanging chads.
I will confessÂ that one of my favorite times of the NRA Annual Meeting is when Jim Land gets up to read the election results.Â Included in that report is a summary of how many invalid ballots they received, as well as the reasons why various ballots were declared invalid.Â I find it quite amusing.
I realize that lines may make this chart a little confusing.Â However, they were easier to follow year-to-year than just plain dots.
Yes, as you can see, there are between 10 and 50 people who, for the last three years, have saved a ballot from a previous year and submitted that one.Â That’s impressive.Â It’s one thing if they just hold on to a copy of the old magazine, but to actually take the time to send in the ballot during the voting period the next year, that’s just crazy.
The most common problem is clearly too many votes.Â This year, you may vote for up to 26.Â However, if you don’t have 26 people that you’re just dying to vote for, then it is advised you limit your votes.Â So-called bullet voting helps your favorite candidates more than spreading out votes across the entire ballot.