Re: write-ins

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 17:34:03 CDT

On Apr 15, 2004, at 4:02 PM, Arnold Urken wrote:

> Your comment about write-in ballots raises a question that was
> discussed
> a few months ago, but is relevant to being left off the ballot. If Jeff
> writes in Bruce Willis for governor and I vote minutes after Jeff, why
> isn't the ballot updated to include Bruce Willis on my ballot as a
> choice?

That's entirely governed by state law. State law determines what the
criteria are for having your name preprinted on the ballot, and it
determines the criteria for a name being acceptable as a write-in.

I know of no state where one voter's decision to write in Joe Smith
would automatically put his name on the ballot for other voters.

A less radical scheme would offer spell checking on write-in candidate
names, offering to correct them to match the names of qualified
in states where that scheme exists.

Tabulation of write-ins would be greatly simplified if all write-ins
that might be for the same person were presented together.

                Doug Jones
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