PLAN OF ACTION! HOW YOU CAN HELP GET OUT THE VOTE FOR JESUS!!!
Instructions for each state how to write in a vote for Jesus as President
ALABAMA - In Alabama, a write-in candidate for President in the general
election does not have to do anything to have his/her votes counted. Voter
just writes in the name and puts a check by the name to register. All
write-in votes will be counted.
ALASKA - Can write in any name but the vote won't be counted unless they
file a Letter of Intent with the Division of Elections no later than five
days before the election.
ARIZONA - Can just write in the name of the candidate but it won't be
tallied, let's say if you are writing in the name Mickey Mouse, but the rest
of your ballot will be tallied.
ARKANSAS - NOT ALLOWED
CALIFORNIA - Cannot write-in any name. By October 23, 2012 for the
presidential general election, any group of individuals, equal in number to
the number of presidential electors to which this state is entitled (55),
who desire to be write-in candidates for presidential electors pledged to a
particular candidate for President and VP of the U.S. shal file a
declaration of write-in candidacy with the Sec. of State. The Declaration of
Write-in Candidacy shall contain the following information:
a. Candidate's name b. Residence address c. A declaration stating that
the candidate is a write-in candidate for the office of presidential elector
d. The date of the general election e. The oath of affirmation as set forth
in Sec 3 Article XX of the Cal. Constitution f. The names of the candidates
for President & VP of the US for which the group of presidential electors
It is requested that you provide a tel. phone num. to reach the
presidential candidate and an address to which correspondence regarding the
write-in candidacy may be addressed to expedite communcations. The
endorsement of write-in candidacy for Pres. primary for the primary
electionmust be filed with the Sec. of State May 15, 2012.
COLORADO - Can write-in any name for President but it just won't count.
Too late to file to be official write-in candidate.
CONNECTICUT - Can write in any name but it won't be counted unless you
file with the Sec. of State. Fill out the form at the link below and file
with the Office of the Secretary of the State, State of connecticut, PO Box
150470, Hartford, CT 06115-0470 in order to register your write-in candidacy
and the form must be filed no later than 4 pm on October 23, 2012.
DELAWARE - There are no requirements in the state of Delaware. Voters can
just write in the candidate's name, and the vote will be counted.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - Write-in candidates must meet the same legal
qualifications as candidates whose names appear on the ballot. (Click on
link for information)
FLORIDA - Cannot write-in any name. Write-in candidates may have a blank
space provided on the general election ballot for their names to be written
(1) The candidate files an Oath of Candidate (Form DS-DE 85) with the
Division of Elections bet. 8 am June 19, 2012 and Noon, June 26, 2012. Form
DS-DE 85 may be downloaded from the Div. of Elections website at:
(2) Not later than Sept. 1, 2012, the candidate submits a list containing
the names and addresses of 29 persons to serve as electors to the Dept. of
State. (Sec. 103.022, FL Statutes)
GEORGIA - Can write in any name but it won't count. Have to file a notice
of intent. Copy and past link below into your browser. Scroll down to pages
4 and 5 for all information pertaining to write-in candidates.
HAWAII - NOT ALLOWED
IDAHO - Can write-in any name but it will be tossed. No write-in vote for
general election shall be counted unless a Declaration of Intent has been
filed indicating that the person desires the office and is legally qualified
to assume the duties of said office if elected. The Declaration of Intent
shall be filed with the Secretary of State. Such Declaration of Intent shall
be filed not later than 28 days before the day of election. The Secretary of
State shall prescribe the form for said declaration. In those counties which
utilize optical scan ballots, an elector shall not place on the ballot a
sticker bearing the name of of a person or any other method except writing
to vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot.
ILLINOIS - You may cast a write-in vote for a candidate whose name is not
on the ballot. Write the name of your candidate on the blank line provided
directly at the end of the list of candidates for that office. Complete the
arrow or fill in the oval next to the name of your write-in candidate. A
write-in vote will not be counted for any candidate who has failed to file
an Intent to be a Write-in Candidate as prescribed by law.
INDIANA - Some counties have touchscreen machines, but this does not
matter as all polling stations will have paper ballots. Ask for a paper
ballot. Underneath every section there is a blank line with a box. Fill in
the candidate you want and check the box.
IOWA - There are no forms or applications to fill out. Just let people
know that you want them to write your name in on the General Election Ballot
and how you want your name written.
KANSAS - Voters can write a name of their choice but it won't be tallied
unless they file an affadavit. Write-in blanks are provided on the ballot
for each office. The law requires write-in candidates for President/VP to
file affidavits of write-in candidacy with the Secretary of State by noon on
the 2nd Monday preceding the general election in order to have their
write-in votes tabulated and reported as part of the official election
KENTUCKY - A voter can write-in their own candidate on the ballot.
Kentucky ballots have spaces for write-in candidates. But only people who
have filed with the secretary of state's office and paid a $50 fee are
eligible to have the write-in votes counted. Find out if the person you want
to vote for is eligible to be a write-in candidate. The person needs to
first file a Declaration of Intent with the Kentucky Sec. of State. Check
the ballot carefully. If the write-in candidate appears on the ballot for
any other office, you cannot include that person as your write-in vote. Fill
in the circle for write-in candidate for the office the person filed a
Declaration of Intent for. For written ballots, this circle must be filled
in manually. For electronic ballots, you only need to select this option.
Write or type the person's name you would like to cast a write-in vote for.
When writing, be sure to use your neatest handwriting so that your vote is
counted. Double check your spelling of the candidate's name as well.
LOUISIANA - NOT ALLOWED
MAINE - Can write in anything you want to but only declared names count. A
person whose name does not appear on the ballot may be elected to an office
if the person files a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy no later than 45
days prior to the election. A write-in candidate must fulfill all
qualifications for the office sought. A voter must mark the write-in
indicator (oval) as instructed on the ballot. The voter must also write the
name in the blank space provided at the end of the list of candidates for
that office. For a General Election: the person receiving the greatest
number of votes is elected. The filing deadline for the November 6, 2012
General Election is Monday, September 24, 2012.
MARYLAND - Cannot type in any name. Must be a certified candidate.
Candidates must file a Certificate of Candidacy with the appropriate State
or local election office depending on the office sought. A Statement of
Organization to form an authorized candidate campaign committee must
accompany the Certificate of Candidacy (unless the candidate is already
associated with a candidate committee or if running for federal office).
Candidates must file a financial disclosure statement in accordance with
State or local law (if applicable for that office) prior to or at the time
of filing the Certificate of Candidacy. A filing fee is not required for a
write-in candidate. The candidate may file the Certificate of Candidacy by
mail. All required documents should be mailed together. It is important to
note, the Certificate of Candidacy and the Financial Disclosure Statement
must be notarized for State office.The Certificate of Candidacy may be filed
in person. If filed in person, the candidate must provide identification
(preferably a driver's license or official State ID). Deadline: Write-in
candidates must file no later than the Wednesday before the General
Election. If mailed, the appropriate election office must receive the
Certificate of Candidacy and all requisite documents by the deadline. Timely
postmarked or faxed copies will not be accepted. Original signatures are
required. In no case will a filing be accepted later than 5:00 P.M. on the
Wednesday before the General Election. However, if the write-in candidate or
the authorized candidate campaign committee makes expenditures that are
equal to or greater than $51 in the promotion of the candidate, then the
Certificate of Candidacy must be file no later than 7 days after the $51
threshold is exceeded. Campaign Finance Entity - Required. Each write-in
candidate must file a Statement of Organization to form an authorized
candidate campaign committee except for federal Write-in candidates. The
authorized candidate campaign committee must be formed regardless of whether
the candidate plans to have any financial activity. The candidate committee
is required to file campaign finance reports periodically during the
election year. Candidates who do not plan to have campaign finance activity
greater than $1,000 may file an Affidavit of Limited Contributions and
Expenditures in lieu of a detailed campaign finance report. The Affidavit
may be Efiled on this site. The Affidavit must be filed for every reporting
period. Only when the Affidavit is marked final will the filing obligations
end. It is the personal responsibility and liability of the Chairman and
Treasurer of the committee to file the reports or Affidavit. The maximum
late fee penalty is $250 per report. Prior to the campaign finance report
filing deadline, the officers of the committee and the candidate will
receive a pre-report notice (Blue postcard) in the mail. If you believe the
notice was sent in error, please contact SBE immediately, otherwise late
fees will accrue.To cast a write-in vote on the voting machine Touch the box
to the left of the word "Write-in" in the contest you wish to cast a
write-in vote. Using the electronic keyboard, enter the candidate's name,
last name first. Then press RECORD WRITE-IN to cast your vote. Your vote
will not be counted unless the record button is pushed. Any abbreviation,
misspelling, or minor variation in the form of the name of a candidate shall
be disregarded in determining the validity of the write-in vote as long as
the intended candidate can be determined. Writing the last name only will
constitute a valid vote, unless there is more than one candidate with the
same last name. Writing in the name of the candidate for Governor or the
name of the Lieutenant Governor is sufficient to the cast of a vote for the
joint office. Candidates may give out cards containing a diagram and
instructions, including how to spell the candidate's name.
MASSACHUSETTS - Can write-in any name for any other office except for
President. The first step in running for office as a write-in is checking
with local election officials about any particular technicalities involved,
such as enrollment or residency requirements. Also, while not required, our
Office strongly recommends notifying your local election officials of your
intention to run as a write-in or sticker candidate. When notified, the
local election officials can inform precinct officials to carefully count
all write-ins or stickers.
MICHIGAN - To vote for a candidate whose name is not printed on the
ballot, write or place the name of that candidate in the blank space
provided and (completely darken the oval) or (complete the arrow). This must
be done even if you cast a straight party vote.
MINNESOTA - Can write-in a name but it won't be counted unless the
candidate files a WRITTEN REQUEST BY WRITE-IN CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL OFFICE
on or before October 30, 2012, 7 days before the General Election. The form
requires the name of at least one candidate for presidential elector, and
the name of the vice-presidential candidate. The total number of names of
candidates for presidential elector on the form may not exceed the total
number of electoral votes (10) to be cast by Minnesota in the presidential
election. Request the form from the Elections Division at: 651-215-1440 OR
Submit the form to:
Minnesota Secretary of State, Elections Division, 180 State Office
Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
MISSISSIPPI - NOT ALLOWED
MISSOURI - Cannot write in any name. Must file a declaration of intent to
be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election
authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the
MONTANA - Can write in any name you want but it won't be tallied.
NEBRASKA - Can write in any name you want but it won't be counted unless
you submit an affidavit.
NEVADA - NOT ALLOWED
NEW HAMPSHIRE - There are no procedures for a write-in candidate for
President. Just write in the name. They all get counted.
NEW JERSEY - There is no form or procedure needed to qualify to be a
write-in candidate for President. Any voter can write-in a candidate's name.
Write-in votes will only be tabulated if there are enough of them to contest
NEW MEXICO - NOT ALLOWED
NEW YORK - Cannot write in any name. The candidate will need to submit a
"certificate of candidacy" with the State Board of Elecitons no later than
the third Tuesday prior to the general election which may be drawn up by,
and must be signed by the candidate. The "certificate" must contain the
. Name and address of presidential candidate
. Name and address of vice-presidential candidate
. Name and address of at least one elector
The certificate should be accompanied by, and make reference to the
. a signed "certificate of acceptance" from vice-presidential candidate -
needs to be NOTARIZED
. a signed "certificate of acceptance" from at least one elector - needs
to be NOTARIZED
Here are samples of the certificates of acceptance that may be used:
Sample "Certificate of Acceptance Vice-President" SEE SEPARATE EMAIL.
Sample "Certificate of Acceptance Presidential Elector" SEE SEPARATE
Mail to: NYS BOARD OF ELECTIONS, 40 N. PEARL ST., STE. 5, ALBANY, NY
NORTH DAKOTA - Can write-in any name but won't be counted unless the
candidate files a sworn Certificate of Write-In Candidacy with the Sec. of
State by 4 pm on the 21st day before the General Election.
NORTH CAROLINA - In North Carolina, can write in any name but it won't
count otherwise must be certified as a candidate.
OHIO - Can write-in a name but it won't be counted. Must file a
Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate. Will have votes counted. A
Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate in the General Election
must be filed not later than 4 pm on Aug. 27, 2012. A write-in candidate
must pay the same filing fees as any other candidate for the office. (R.C.
3513.10 (A) and (B))
OKLAHOMA - NOT ALLOWED
OREGON - There are no requirements for write-in candidates for President
in order to have votes counted. The candidate needs to fill out and turn in
the "Write-In Candidate Acceptance" form.
PENNSYLVANIA - A write-in candidate is a candidate who isn't on the ballot
at the time of the election. While most people vote for candidates belonging
to a major party, such as Republican or Democrat, some people are unhappy
with all of the choices. Fortunately, there's the option of writing in the
name of whomever you wish. While each county may have a different type of
voting machine, there's a basic outline for the process of writing in a
candidate when voting in Pennsylvania.
Insert your ballot or cartridge into the machine, if necessary. All
voting machines are touchscreen, but there are different machines for
different counties. Machines in some counties may require you to insert a
paper ballot or cartridge, but others may simply employ a touchscreen that
requires you to insert nothing. After inserting your ballot or cartridge,
you will finish filling out your ballot on the machine's touchscreen.
Touch the box, oval or "X" shape next to the option that says "write-in
candidate" on the voting machine's touchscreen. Some machines will have a
touchscreen keyboard that appears on the screen, while some machines may
have an electronic pen. The Danaher Electronic 1242 machine used in
Philadelphia County, for instance, has a red button that blinks once you
touch "write-in candidate." Touch the red button to open a physical
(non-touchscreen) black shutter located on the front of the machine.
Type in the name of your write-in candidate if your machine has a
touchscreen keyboard. Touch "Next" on the screen to continue filling out
your ballot. If, however, your machine has the black shutter, like the
Danaher Electronic 1242, use the electronic pen to write the name of your
candidate in the space that appears beneath the black shutter. Close the
shutter when you're finished to submit your vote. The blinking red light
will automatically turn off.
Press the red or green "Vote" button located on the front of the machine
when you have finished voting. You will then see a confirmation screen
notifying you that your vote has been submitted.
RHODE ISLAND - Can write-in any name. There is no declaration requirement
to run as a "Write-In" candidate for any office, including President.
However, it is advised that a "Write-In" candidate notify their local Board
of Canvassers of their intention to run a "Write-in" campaign. This will
allow for local and state election officials to issue additional supplies to
the polling place for the handling of "Write-In" ballots. Also, stickers are
not allowed to be placed on an official ballot, and could cause damage to
the ballot tabulator. Finally, "Write-In" candidates for state or municipal
offices are subject to the RI campaign finance laws and must file reports.
See our Campaign Finance section for additional information about filing
requirements for all candidates.
SOUTH CAROLINA - Cannot write in any name. The only place where someone
could conceivably write-in a vote is on an absentee ballot. However, those
ballots would not be counted by the state.
SOUTH DAKOTA - NOT ALLOWED
TENNESSEE- Can just write-in a name on the ballot.
TEXAS - Can write in any name but it will not be counted. To be entitled
to a place on the list of write-in candidates, a candidate must make a
Declaration of Write-in Candidacy. In order to become a write-in candidate
in the general election, file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy with the
Secretary of State or your county judge, as appropriate no earlier than July
21, 2012, and no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2012. Tex. Elec. Code
Ann. § 146.025 (NEW LAW, SB 100, 2011 Legislative Session). Your
declaration must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a nominating
petition signed by a certain number of qualified voters. Copy and paste link
below into your browser:
UTAH - Cannot write in any name. Must be a valid write-in candidate and
must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before
the regular general election.
VERMONT- In Vermont, people can just write in the candidate's name and
the vote will be counted. Any necessary paperwork is only done in the event
that the candidate gets enough votes in Vermont to win the state.
VIRGINIA - If you want to vote for a candidate who is not listed on your
ballot, you can write in the name of the candidate of your choice. Write-in
votes are permitted in every election except for primaries. You should not
write in the name of a candidate who already appears on the ballot or it
will not be counted. Write-in instructions are provided on each voting
system. For paper ballots, blank space is provided below each office for
Write-in votes. Just write the name in the blank space. For optical scan,
you must mark the "Write-in" choice and also write in the name.
WEST VIRGINIA - Cannot write in any name. Must be an official write-in
candidate to vote for a write-in candidate. Only votes for official write-in
candidates will be counted. Must submit a Write-In Candidate's Certificate
of Announcement to the proper filing officer. The Cert. of Announcement must
be received by the proper filing deadline. The Cert of Announ. must be
received by the same filing officer where other candidates for that office
would file. Not required to pay a filing fee. Write-in candidate names are
not printed on the ballot. The names of all official write-in candidates are
posted at all appropriate precincts during early voting and on Election Day.
WASHINGTON - There will be a spot to write-in any name but the votes won't
be counted unless they File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy Form (see
link below) with the Sec. of State. Those who wish to cast a write-in vote
for a candidate who filed a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy need only
write the name of the candidate in the appropriate location on the ballot in
order for that vote to be counted. The Dec. of Write-in Cand. must be filed
no later than the day before the election. Write-in votes are not tallied
unless there are enough votes to change the outcome of the election. (Click
on link for a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy Form:
WISCONSIN - Can write in any name. The names of candidates for President &
VP may be written in, in the place provided, on the general ballot at the
general election. Write-in votes shall be listed as scattering unless the
person whose name is written in has a list of presidential electors on file
with the board in accordance with this section or unless the person whose
name is written in has recevied more than 10% of the total vote cast in the
ward, or in the municipality if not divided into wards. Any candidates for
the Pres. and VP as write-in candidates shall file a list of presidential
electors and a Declaration of Candidacy with the board no later than 4:30 pm
on the 2nd Tuesday preceding the day of the General Election to choose the
Pres. and Vp of the U.S. The list shall contain one presidential elctor from
each congressional district and 2 electors from the state at large and the
names of the candidates or Pres. and VP for whom they intend to vote, if
elected. Write-in votes for Pres. and VP shall be counted.
WYOMING- Voters may write-in a candidate's name in the general election.
There is nothing that a candidate needs to do before the election to be
qualified to receive write-in votes. The statutes refer to an application
for candidacy to have votes counted for you if you are a write-in candidate.
There is no filing fee for president. They don't have an application as
there has never been enough write-in votes for a president to fill out an
application. If that would happen, we would prepare one immediately for use
by the candidate.