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Pennsylvania Makes Presidential Write-Ins Doable

Published on October 26, 2004, by in General.

On October 22, the Pennsylvania state elections department ruled that people can cast write-in votes for president without having to write in a complete slate of 21 candidates for presidential elector (in a 2 x 1 1/2 inch space). The Nader campaign had requested the ruling, since Nader is not on the ballot in that state.

2 Responses

  1. Eric Prindle

    It’s worth pointing out that write-in votes are only counted in Pennsylvania if there are enough of them to affect the outcome of the race. Theoretically, if there are more write-in votes for elector slates than the difference between Kerry and Bush, those votes should be counted because they might include the names of some Kerry and/or Bush electors. Votes for Nader, on the other hand, probably won’t be counted. They did it in 1996 as a courtesy to the Green Party but said they would not do it again in the future.

  2. Patrick Delaney

    I read the paragraph explaining that Write-in Votes for Nader would not be counted. I asked the Pennsylvania Election comittee and they explained the write-in votes would be counted manually…

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