Only four candidates are facing-off in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary, but there are nine names to choose from on the ballot. Although five candidates have dropped out of the race, including Minnesota Congressman Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, their names are still on the ballot. Palm Beach County elections chief Susan Bucher said Friday she is worried the ballots may confuse voters. She wants to make sure residents don’t “waste” their vote by choosing a candidate who dropped out. “It is a statewide issue,” said Bucher, who has discussed her concerns with the Secretary of State’s office. “I am just concerned that people will waste their vote, in what appears to be a very close election.”
Bachmann, Perry and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman announced they were pulling out of the race this month, while businessman Herman Cain and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson dropped out in December.
None of the candidates has formally asked state officials to pull their names off the ballot, a request would allow elections supervisors across the state to post notices at polling locations announcing the candidate’s withdrawal from the race, Bucher said.