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There's no such thing as a "Federal election ballot," at least not in the United States. Ballots are prepared by local election officials and vary widely across the country and even across individual states.

The marks used depend on the type of ballot, some require you to fill in a circle, others to punch out a box, etc. Electronic ballots don't even use "marks" at all, you just push a button or touch the screen in the appropriate spot.

You mark the ballot by writing an "X" in the circle beside the name of your chosen candidate.

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Write an "X" in the circle beside the name of your chosen candidate

The answer to this question depends entirely on the mechanism used for the election. Many places use paper ballots, which come in a HUGE variety (and, consequently, the method of indicating choice variety widely), while others use mechanical voting machines (where you move a level, or push a button to chose), and still other now use electronic voting machines.

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In most state laws governing which marks count as votes, the marks are referred to as just marks. Marks made in conformance with the law or with the counting skill of the ballot tabulator count as votes, while other marks are referred to in most state law codes as stray marks.

The place you mark is called a voting target. On most modern ballots, the targets are ovals, but on some, they are boxes or a broken arrow where the voter's mark connects the head of the arrow to the tail.

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