Validity of ballot paper
The voter writes the registration number of the candidate in the electoral district of their residence for whom they wish to vote in the designated space on the ballot paper.
A voter completes the ballot paper by themselves. If a voter is unable to complete the ballot paper themselves due to a physical disability, another voter, but not a candidate, can do so at their request and in their presence.
If a voter spoils a ballot paper or finds that the ballot paper is deficient, they have the right to receive a new ballot paper from the voting district committee.
The voter must return the spoiled, deficient or unused ballot paper to the voting district committee. If the voter has already marked their electoral choice on the ballot paper, it must be crossed out in such a way as to render the choice illegible before returning the ballot paper to the voting district committee.
The voting district committee marks the spoiled or deficient ballot paper with the notation “rikutud” (“spoiled”) in the presence of the voter. The unused ballot paper returned by the voter is marked with the notation “tagastatud” (“returned”) in the presence of the voter. The spoiled and returned ballot papers are not taken into account in ascertaining of the voting results.
The ballot paper must not be taken out of the polling place. If the voter decides not to vote, the ballot paper must definitely be returned to the voting district committee.
A ballot paper is deemed to be invalid if:
- it does not bear two impressions of the seal of the voting district committee;
- no candidate registration number or more than one candidate registration number has been written on the ballot paper;
- the candidate whose number is written on the ballot paper is not standing in the electoral district;
- the candidate registration number written on the ballot paper has been corrected;
- the candidate registration number written on the ballot paper is illegible.
Examples of invalid ballot papers: