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About That Write-In-Vote Option for President…

October 11, 2016

In response to the October 08, 2016, Washington Post release of the 2005 “lewd comments” tape, many leaders in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s own party are publicly stating their plans to not vote for Trump and instead opt to “write in” a name on the November 08th, 2016, presidential ballot.

However, as NBC News journalist Zachary Roth points out, the rules for write-in candidates vary by state. In short, only 7 states allow write-in candidates without any previous filing requirements:

  • Iowa
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Nine states do not allow write-in votes, period:

  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota

The remaining 34 states allow for write-in votes during the presidential election; however, the prospective write-in candidates must register as candidates prior to the election– and they must do so in each state and in accordance with the deadlines in each state.

Below are the write-in candidate deadlines for 7 states. Note that only one is within 30 days of the November 08, 2016, election:

Surely those Republican politicians publicly declaring their intention to write in a vote for president know that in most states, write-in voting will not count. However, publicly stating the intent to write in the name of a Republican who is not Donald Trump as one’s presidential vote appears to be a preferred Republican lifeboat for the numerous down ballot races that Republicans hope to salvage.

Members of the Trump camp appear to be trying to rally Trump supporters to vote a straight Republican ticket in those down ballot races. One of their strategies involves excusing Trump’s 2005 comments by saying that such commentary came from Trump the Democrat, not Trump the Republican, as CNN reports:

The Trump campaign has repeatedly clashed with party leadership, and Hill figures have warned about his campaign’s negative effects on their down-ballot efforts.

During an appearance Tuesday on CNN, [Trump spokeswoman Katrina] Pierson tried to downplay the vulgar remarks Trump made on a 2005 videotape, which has driven Republicans to rescind their endorsement.

As Pierson put it, Trump wasn’t even a Republican when he made the offending comments.

“We keep hearing from the left and the media how we want to talk about substance,” Pierson said. “For some reason we keep talking about Democrat Donald Trump from 2005.”

Nice try, but no sale.

Meanwhile, the press has turned its attention to the limits of write-in voting as a limited, Republican Plan B (see here and here and here and here and here for examples).

Ready or not, November 8th cometh.



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  1. permalink

    Yes, *11* years ago, a man spoke among other men regarding women. Is this so rare? These are Words.

    Whereas Bill Clinton is a pedophile and serial rapist. Hillary has enabled him and even legally defended him. These are actions. Over and over again.

    Your willingness to be blind to Clinton crimes against women is astonishing and highly disappointing.

    Maybe your next piece about Trump could be slightly less biased and actually include facts about Clinton. Facts which completely change the paradigm:

    4 of the women raped by Clinton. One asks the reporter why he is badgering Trump’s words versus Clinton’s actions. Dr. Schneider, I ask YOU the same thing!

    Here’s more words for you, from Hillary-


  2. Lee Meyer permalink

    I follow your blog faithfully. Your contributions to public education are outstanding and the facts that you provide are on target. Please stay on education and stay away from national politics. Just saying. Thank you for what you do.

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