Re: Critical analysis of VoteHere

From: Dennis <dpaull_at_svpal_dot_org>
Date: Sun Dec 14 2003 - 18:39:12 CST

Hi Alan et al,

At 12:57 PM 12/14/2003 -0800, you wrote:
[snip]
>
>Browsing the 2000 results, I can't find any write-ins at all. Can anyone
>show me a contest where write-ins got as much as one-tenth of one percent in
>2000? Can anyone show me a contest where one particular write-in got as
>much as one-tenth of one percent?
>
>Alan D.
>

Yes there are. There have been several primary elections where no one
registered for a position on the ballot for a party, including the
major candidates. Then, in order to have someone representing the party
on the general election ballot, a candidate will run a write-in campaign.

This doesn't happen often but it has happened in the last 20 years in
Santa Clara Co. In this case, ALL the votes cast for that office for
that party were write-ins.

The write-in candidates need to get a certain of votes to qualify for
the general election and that doesn't always happen, but it does
sometimes. And this was for a partisan office. I believe that it may happen
even more often for smaller districts, for example, when only two
candidates file for a board with three seats open. Then someone might
run as a write-in for the third seat.

FYI, in the recent recall election in CA, there were 135 regular candidates
and about 26 (I believe) certified write-in candidates for Governor.

I think that write-ins are a serious concern and should be well accounted
for in your proposed final product. Whether to put them in the demo is your
call.

Dennis
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