How to Write-In Tutorial

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Write-in candidates

Though write-in candidates' names are not printed on the ballot, they may be written in by a voter. In order for a write-in vote to be counted, the write-in candidate must file a declaration of intent with the Kentucky Secretary of State by the fourth Friday in October preceding the general election. My declaration of intent was filed on April 26, 2018.  I am viable candidate for the office of State Representative, 16th

How to vote for a write-in candidate

In a general election, a voter can cast a write-in vote for a candidate whose name does not appear on the ballot.

To cast a write-in vote on a paper ballot:

  • Use a black pen and:
    • Fill in the box to the left of the Write-in line for the contest in which you wish to cast a write-in vote. STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 16th Representative District.
    • Write the candidate‚Äôs first and last name (Bob Nelson) on the write-in line next to the filled-in box.
  • The voter must write-in my last name on the ballot.  Writing in only my first name or a nickname shall not constitute a valid vote. 

Any abbreviation, misspelling, or minor variation in the form of the name of a candidate shall be disregarded in determining the validity of the write-in vote as long as the intended candidate can be determined. Writing the last name only will constitute a valid vote unless there is more than one candidate with the same last name