Would you accept someone who appears to be unable to count?
Let me expand on my knee-jerk (emphasis on jerk) reaction.
A lot of the questions on here seem to be along the lines of "I know the instructions say X, but does that really apply to little old me?"
The answer is yes. Someone wrote those directions for a reason.
I administer some internal research money at a U. I don't make the decisions on who gets it, but I help write the application directions, collect the apps, send them to the panel of scientists who make the call on who gets funded, set up accounts, etc. It's a sweet little program, and we've given out half a mil just this year for some real gee-whiz stuff.
Inevitably, applicants fail to read the instructions. If I know them and like them, I occasionally will cover for them. I don't change any wording, of course, but if the directions say "do not include letters of support" and they include 11 of them, I might trim the fat. Sometimes I don't have the time or inclination to do that, and I pass along the incorrect app to the panel.
The panel knows what the instructions say, and they get a bit torqued when supposedly smart people can't follow simple guidelines. They are even more torqued when they have to read extra pages. The apps that are incorrect don't get funded.
The moral of my story is: follow the directions. They apply to everyone.