Spoiled Ballot Affidavit Law and Legal Definition

Spoiled ballot affidavit is an affidavit signed by a voter to get a new ballot in the event of the first ballot getting spoiled. A ballot may get spoiled when a voter makes any mark in the ballot that is contrary to statutory provisions envisaged in election statute. Then the voter must file a spoiled ballot affidavit to get a new ballot to cast his/her vote. For example, in Arkansas a person may spoil up to two ballots and receive another (three ballots total). The provision requiring a spoiled ballot affidavit is only directory and not mandatory. However this should be done before dropping the ballot in the box. Once the ballot is dropped in the ballot box, no changes can be made.