Re: write-ins by anarchists

From: <dr-jekyll_at_att_dot_net>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 11:59:49 CST

Believe it or not, write-in candidates do occasionally win. That's usually in local elections, but there has been at least one state-wide win by a write-in candidate.

I suspect the 2 major political parties are the chief opposition to write-ins.

--
Kurt 
Nor yet, O Freedom! close thy lids 
in slumber for thine enemy never 
sleeps. -- The Antiquity of 
Freedom By William Cullen Bryant
-------------- Original message from "Jerry Depew" <depew@ncn.net>: -------------- 
> (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. 
> 
> 
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:07:27 -0600, Jim Tobias 
> wrote: 
> 
> > I'd be careful about trying to eliminate all possible "anarchist"-type 
> > ballots. Any attempt to restrict voters from expressing themselves as 
> > they see fit, 
> > if they are willing to have their own ballots nullified, will be viewed 
> > by 
> > some as oppressive, whether that's a justified opinion or not. 
> 
> > 
> >> -----Original Message----- 
> >> From: Alan Dechert [mailto:dechert@gmail.com] 
> >> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 3:38 PM 
> 
> >> Under current state law 
> >> (true in CA and many other states), only qualified write-ins 
> >> can receive votes. However, the system allows the voter to 
> >> write in anything. We could make it so that when the voter 
> >> selects the write-in entryfield, a list of qualified write-in 
> >> candidates appears. If there is no qualified write-in (this 
> >> is often the 
> >> case) there would be no write-in entryfield. State law would 
> >> need some adjustments, but nothing major. Right now, the 
> >> list of qualified write-ins becomes avalable 14 days before 
> >> Election Day. So, we would need to make it so the beginning 
> >> of early voting coincides with the release of the qualified 
> >> write-ins ... maybe the day or so after so qualified 
> >> write-ins can be included in the ballot definition files. 
> >> 
> >> Alan D. 
> >> 
> >> 
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