Tractate Chad
R. Yossi says: "One who votes must poke his chad completely through. He who detaches only three corners has not fulfilled his obligation."
R. Yitzchak says, "If it swings like a door he has fulfilled his obligation."
R. Yochanan says, "if it appears as the belly of a woman in her 9th month."
It once happened in the West of Palm Beach that the rabbis gathered to choose the Nasi, and Rav Huna a counted a pregnant chad. Rava said to him "Praised is she who bore this chad." R. Nachman says, "He who punches a chad but does not perforate it is as one who sows but does not reap." Abbaya says: "He who causes a chad to become pregnant is liable to 40 lashes."
R. Yosef says, "one who is aged and whose hands tremble must take care to not cause the chad to become pregnant, as it is written, 'tremble and sin not."
If one peers through the chad's hole and can see the light of the sun, the vote is valid. R. Eliezer says "if he can see the stars".
R. Yochanan says "if he can recognize his friend through the hole at a distance of 4 cubits". Abaya says "If a man intended to vote for Gore, but voted for Buchanan, or intended to vote for Buchanan but voted for Gore, he has done nothing."
Rava says, "he has fulfilled his obligation." If he said, "Behold this vote is for Gore", "Behold this vote is for the Vice President," "Behold this vote is for Lieberman" it is counted, but Rav Pappa invalidates it. However everyone agrees that if he merely intended Gore in his heart, it is invalid.
Mar Zutra says "it all goes according to his intention. But if he voted for both Gore and Buchanan, unfortunate is his portion." If the ballot appears as a butterfly and confounds his understanding, he should intend his heart toward heaven.
Rav Huna says, "he who votes for Buchanan it is as if he worshipped idols, and even Yom Kippur does not atone for it."
Two slates of electors arrive in Congress. This slate says, "We are the true electors!", and this slate says, "We are the true electors!" The slate that arrives first takes precedence.
R. Yehoshua says, "the slate that was sent first."
Rav says "the slate certified by the secretary of state." Shmuel says "the slate that was appointed by the legislature."
R. Chanina says, "At first they would settle the dispute by racing up the capitol steps, but it once happened that an elector pushed his fellow off the steps and he died, thus was the practice discontinued."

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