The common method to fill out a voting ballot is to mark a pre-printed name of the chosen candidate. In case of confusion, a voter is recommended to ask election officials for clarification.
Voters have to write the names of their candidates on the ballot in some jurisdictions. If a voting system employs ranked ballots, a voter makes ordered list of candidates according to his or her preference. In jurisdictions using optical scan voting systems, voters elect by filling ovals or by completing arrows on the printed ballots next to their chosen candidates. A direct record voting system uses a touchscreen interface or buttons to mark a voter's chosen candidate.