Re: [OVC-discuss] write-ins by anarchists

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 10:10:22 CST

From: "Jerry Depew" <>

> (I have renamed this thread--was " draft of text for new OVC-sponsored
> bill")
> Here's a true story (that I heard via the grapevine) that argues against
> restricting write-ins.
> Years ago in Ithaca,NY a school board candidate organized an upset via
> write-in votes. His supporters counted on a small turnout. They waited
> until late on election day to begin appearing at the polls. They swarmed
> in late and they were numerous enuf that the candidate won the school
> board seat. This could not happen if there were an "approved" list of
> allowed write-in candidates.
> Sometimes creativity is needed when the goal is to throw the bums out.
> Voting laws should not restrict voters' choices just so that pollworkers
> (or voting machines) can more easily count the votes.
I don't doubt the story is true. Years ago, that was done in California,
and that's why they made it so write-ins have to file papers 2 weeks before
Election Day. In other words, the law was made to specifically prevent the
scenario you describe.


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