Did you know only 43 states allow write in candidate votes to actually be counted?
From a blogger friend of mine, Ms. JoAnn Chateau ….hipped me up on write in voting….
Just a bit of clarification on why write-in votes might not be counted: Write-in candidates must register with each state that allows write-in votes (about 43, and the deadline dates and requirements vary from state to state) Votes for aregistered write-in candidate are counted (barring election fraud).
Although a write-in candidate is not entitled to ballot placement, he or she may still be required to file paperwork in order to have his or her votes tallied (or to be eligible to serve should the candidate be elected). In 35 states, a write-in presidential candidate must file some paperwork in advance of an election. In seven states, write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. The remaining states do not require presidential write-in candidates to file special paperwork before the election. See the map below for further details.
Did you know that the Presidency could be won by a write in candidate?
Most States require a candidate to register, however; Vermont, Wyoming, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Iowa, Delaware, and Alabama do not require registration.
Thirty-five states require that a write-in candidate must submit some form of affidavit and, sometimes, a filing fee at least one month before the election. In North Carolina, these candidates must circulate a petition. Then their names are posted on a list at the polling place, though not on the official ballot. All other write-in votes are tossed.~Bloomberg
The Ins and Outs of Write-Ins
It’s tough for such candidates to get on the ballot in many states and impossible in several. Voters, too, can be confounded by the option
Couldn’t make up your mind for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? Donald Trump not your bag? Then the only way you can pick the candidate you want is to write him or her in. Many states make such an effort for Presidential races difficult — and six states ban White House write-in votes altogether.
Regardless of which state you live in, voting for a write-in contender is much more complicated than scribbling whatever name you please on the dotted line at the bottom of the ballot. Thirty-five states require that a write-in candidate must submit some form of affidavit and, sometimes, a filing fee at least one month before the election. In North Carolina, these candidates must circulate a petition. Then their names are posted on a list at the polling place, though not on the official ballot. All other write-in votes are tossed.
For third-party candidates who want to demonstrate that their platform has won some support, the widely varying registration rules create problems.
Once an office-seeker is registered as a write-in, their voters will run into more trouble. States with punch-style “chad” ballots, usually don’t provide a space for such candidate, but instead require that votes be written inside the secrecy envelope. The punch-style Illinois absentee ballot comes folded over a Styrofoam block, and the write-in space is on the foam side, hidden from view. That can confuse voters, third-party advocates argue.
In most states, registered write-in candidates at least get the joy of seeing their piddling results the next day. But in Oregon, the computerized tabulation system won’t calculate any specific write-in results unless it appears the contender has enough support to win.
And five states — Hawaii, Nevada, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Carolina — don’t allow any Presidential write-ins, and never have. Louisiana, the sixth no-write-in state, got rid of them in 1975 after it adopted a system in which anyone could get on the regular ballot, regardless of party affiliation. “The Supreme Court upheld Louisiana’s ban on write-ins in 1992” says Richard Winger, of Ballot Access News, a San Francisco-based group that works to make ballots nonpartisan.
However, despite the legal precedent, “we’ve actually expanded write-ins in many states,” Winger says. More states than ever allow write-ins for federal elections, and as voting becomes fully electronic, “the write-in voter has the fun of using a computer keyboard, making it look official” and easy to tabulate.
But don’t write off the write-in as simply the domain of fringe and hobbyist politicians or jokesters who vote for cartoon characters and sports stars. According to Winger, write-in votes serve an important purpose when a shock late in the election occurs — like the death or indictment of a candidate. Then parties will scramble to field someone else.
In the last 100 years, write-in contenders have won at least seven U.S. congressional races. The most famous one is probably Strom Thurmond, who won by write-in in 1954 after the well-entrenched incumbent suddenly passed away.
In a tense Presidential election, write-in votes get in the way more than anything. Polling places are prepared, though. In states where voters fill in bubbles or complete arrows with a pencil, optical scanning machines are preprogrammed to automatically “kick out” write-ins from the computer’s running tabulation, says Joe Kanefield, Arizona’s election director. The machine then literally spits the write-in ballots into a pile on the floor. County representatives sort through the pile later.
Unregistered write-ins have to be thrown out manually. “My friends used to write me in for county attorney, and I used to think it was funny,” says Kanefield, letting his chuckle stop short. “[That was] until I got into the election administration. It takes time to process those.”
The person who has to sort your vote for Boston Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon from the pile will undoubtedly find it less amusing than you do.
Helm is a reporter for BusinessWeek Online in New York
Thank you Burt Helm for Bloomberg.com
A write-in candidate is a candidate in an election whose name does not appear on the ballot, but for whom voters may vote nonetheless by writing in the person’s name. The system is almost totally confined to elections in the United States.
The system is almost totally confined to elections in the United States. Some U.S. states and local jurisdictions allow a voter to affix a sticker, with the write-in candidate’s name, to the ballot in lieu of actually writing in the candidate’s name. Write-in candidacies are sometimes a result of a candidate being legally or procedurally ineligible to run under his or her own name or party; write-in candidacies may be permitted where term limits bar an incumbent candidate from being officially nominated for, or being listed on the ballot for, re-election. In some cases, write-in campaigns have been organized to support a candidate who is not personally involved in running; this may be a form of draft campaign.
Write-in candidates rarely win, and votes are often cast for ineligible people or fictional characters. Some jurisdictions require write-in candidates be registered as official candidates before the election. This is standard in elections with a large pool of potential candidates, as there may be multiple candidates with the same name that could be written in.
Many U.S. states and municipalities allow for write-in votes in a partisan primary election where no candidate is listed on the ballot to have the same functional effect as nominating petitions: for example, if there are no Reform Party members on the ballot for state general assembly and a candidate receives more than 200 write-in votes when the primary election is held (or the other number of signatures that were required for ballot access), the candidate will be placed on the ballot on that ballot line for the general election. In most places, this provision is in place for non-partisan elections as well.
US PRESIDENTIAL WRITE-IN CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH STATE
Choose a state from the list below to see that state’s requirements to make sure write-in votes for you get counted in the upcoming 2016 US Presidential election.
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It would seem voting in any US election is rigged from the very start, if you’re not interested in the two party system, you may have your American right to the ballot box infringed upon. It pays to contact your local state government/voting office to be updated on ALL voting requirements.
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Jill Stein Poll
Informal presidential poll conducted at LeftForum by Medea Benjamin of Code Pink
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