Posts tagged: Write-ins

Feb 20 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Conference Date for Write-in Counting Case

Source: Ballot Access News

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a conference date of March 15 to decide whether to hear Libertarian Party v District of Columbia Board of Elections, 12-836. This is the case on whether election officials must count write-in votes for declared presidential write-in candidates. It stems from the 2008 election, when the Libertarian Party was not on the ballot in D.C. and its presidential nominee, Bob Barr, filed to be a Read more »

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Jan 31 2013

California Libertarians Spend Day in Sacramento, Lobbying Against Bill that Would Create More One-Candidate Elections

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 30, a group of California Libertarian Party activists spent the day in the State Capitol in Sacramento, urging the defeat of AB 141. The group, organized by Beau Cain, was able to meet with legislative staffers for six California Assemblymembers.

AB 141 would decrease voter choice in November for Congress and state legislative races. Current law requires that the top-two vote-getters be placed on the November ballot. AB 141 would shrink that Read more »

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Jan 26 2013

Hawaii Bill to Permit Write-in Votes

Source: Ballot Access News

Hawaii State Senator Les Ihara has introduced SB 223, to permit write-in voting in all Hawaii elections, primaries and general elections alike. Senator Ihara has been in the State Senate since 1994, and has introduced similar bills many times in the past. He is Majority Policy Leader in the State Senate.

Hawaii has never permitted write-in voting. The preamble to SB 223 points out that in 2012, as in many past elections, Hawaii has had the lowest voter turnout of any state. Read more »

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Jan 21 2013

Member of Republican National Commitee Threatened with Removal Because He Was Listed as the Vice-Presidential Choice of Some Presidential Elector Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

In November 2012, individuals in both Maine and California filed paperwork to make sure that write-ins for Ron Paul for President would be counted. Both states let a group of presidential elector candidates file as declared write-ins, and neither state requires permission from either the presidential candidate or the vice-presidential candidate that these electors are pledged to. Maine tallied 2,035 Ron Paul write-ins, which, of course, technically were in favor of the group of presidential elector candidates Read more »

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Jan 11 2013

Vermont Presidential Write-ins Now Known

Source: Ballot Access News

The write-in vote for President in Vermont in November 2012 was: Ron Paul 717, Jill Stein 594, Virgil Goode 13, Roseanne Barr 9. These figures were determined on January 11 by a team of voting rights activists who volunteered to help the Vermont Secretary of State do this tally. Thanks to Jeremy Hansen for this news.

Presidential candidates who were on the ballot, and thus didn’t need to depend on write-ins, were Read more »

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Jan 07 2013

Vermont Presidential Write-ins to be Tallied on Friday, January 11

Source: Ballot Access News

On Friday, January 11, a team of three volunteers organized by the Green Party has an appointment with the Vermont Elections Division, to go through the returns from each town and tally up the presidential write-ins. The results will be placed on state stationery so they will be considered “official” and will be included in national vote tallies of the presidential vote.

Pennsylvania still hasn’t tallied its write-ins, but says it will do so, although Pennsylvania state totals Read more »

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Jan 05 2013

Libertarian Party Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Write-in Counting Case

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 4, the Libertarian Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case known as Libertarian Party v D.C. Board of Elections. The question is whether the District of Columbia Board of Elections violates voters’ rights when it refuses to count the write-in votes for declared write-in candidates. The case originated in 2008, when the party was not on the ballot for President in D.C., but Bob Barr and the three Libertarian presidential elector candidates filed as declared write-in Read more »

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Jan 02 2013

Two Populous Texas Counties Counted All the Presidential Write-ins, not Just the Write-ins for Declared Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

Politex has a story about the presidential write-ins in November in Tarrant and Travis Counties, the only two truly populous Texas counties that count all the presidential write-ins, not just the write-ins for the declared presidential candidates. Ron Paul easily got the most write-ins. Thanks to Gene Berkman for the link.

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Dec 20 2012

Rhode Island State Board of Elections Releases Presidential Write-in Tally

Source: Ballot Access News

Rhode Island does not have a law requiring write-in candidates to file a declaration of candidacy if they wish their write-ins counted. Instead, Rhode Island tallies the votes for any candidate who receives at least five write-ins. For President last month, Rhode Island says the names that received as many as 5 write-ins are: Ron Paul 617, Hillary Clinton 64, Mickey Mouse 14.

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Dec 18 2012

Volunteers Needed in Montpelier, Vermont, if Presidential Write-in Results Are Ever to be Known to History

Source: Ballot Access News

Vermont permits write-in votes, but does not have a law that requires candidates to file a declaration of write-in candidacy. Therefore, to the extent that any write-ins for President are tallied depends on the good will of the Vermont Secretary of State’s office. In 2008, the Secretary of State tallied the write-ins for Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney. This year the office says it does not have the resources to tally any presidential write-in votes. Read more »

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