Is there any effect when NOT voting for an candidate to an an uncontested seat in a primary where a write-in is NOT allowed?
Specifically, I'm voting as a Democrat in the Illinois 2016 primary - sample ballot for my ward screencapped below.
Obviously there is an effect if choose to not vote for a candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court ( effectively 1/3 of a vote for all of 161, 162, 163 ). As well, it would seem that if I choose to not select 171 for the Recorder of Deeds, then my effective vote for that seat is proportionally reduced by the number of distinct write-in candidates.
However, if I leave my selection for Board of Review, 2nd District empty, is there any effective difference to candidate 181?
- If yes, what is the effect?
- If no, then what is the reason for listing that seat at all since it is unopposed? Is it just a courtesy to the candidate? Is there a legal requirement? Just logistics of the balloting process?