Re: write-in ballots

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun Dec 14 2003 - 16:09:55 CST

On Dec 14, 2003, at 6:15 PM, Arnie Urken wrote:

> I can't find any examples, but my impression is that write-in ballots
> are
> more significant in local political contests where well-organized
> write-in
> campaigns have been used to split support for another candidate.

The major parties make big pushes on state and national races, but
indeed, write-ins frequently make a difference on local races.
In the extreme, there are positions for which nobody bothered to
run, so one write-in vote can get you elected. I had a friend who
wrote himself in as precinct committeeman in Illinois and won by
1 to 0.

In general, the smaller the number of electors, the bigger the
difference one individual can make. Write-ins follow this pattern
just as much as any other individual contribution to the outcome.

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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