West02, Jones on End-to-End Accuracy Standards, Slide 2
- Prescribed mark
- The form of mark (or hole) the voter is instructed to make in order to cast a vote.
- Example: An X in the box by the candidate's name.
- Acceptable mark
- Any mark that meets the legal criteria to be counted as a vote.
- Example: Two lines the intersection of which is in the box or a checkmark, the vertex of which is in the box.
- Why distinguish between prescribed and acceptable marks?
- If the voter's intention can be ascertained with reasonable certainty, ordinarily the ballot should be given effect and counted in accordance with that intention, provided the voter has substantially complied with statutory requirements and no essential mandate of the law is thereby violated.
Corpus Juris Secundum Volume 29, Elections, Page 496.