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Bill creating ‘level playing field’ for write-in candidates passes Maine legislature

From Ballot Access News:

On May 26, Maine LD 1169 passed the legislature. Among other things, it includes these provisions to improve conditions for write-in candidates: (1) the names of all Declared write-in candidates will be posted at polling place locations; (2) voters no longer need to write-in the town or city of the candidate; (3) the form that the local elections officials fill out, listing how many votes were received in that precinct by each candidate, will include the names of the declared write-in candidates.

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Florida bill to impose filing fees on write-in candidates

Ballot Access News:

Florida State Senator Fredericka Wilson (D-Miami) has introduced SB 230, to impose filing fees on declared write-in candidates. The Florida legislature does not convene until March, but bills are being introduced now. According to an assistant to Senator Wilson, the Wilson office did not know that courts have struck down filing fees for declared write-in candidates in other states (Maryland, West Virginia, and California).

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Pennsylvania Greens again ask for a write-in tally for Cynthia McKinney

Posted at Ballot Access News:

On January 12, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Green Party again asked the State Elections Department why it has not tallied any write-in votes for Cynthia McKinney for president. The party had submitted a list of presidential elector candidates pledged to Cynthia McKinney before the election, and asked for a tally of the number of votes received by McKinney.

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West Virginia releases write-in votes

From Ballot Access News

On December 23, West Virginia released its write-in totals from last month’s election. None of the qualified write-in candidates for president in West Virginia were on the ballot in any state, except for Donald K. Allen (who was only on in Colorado). Allen got 4 write-ins in West Virginia.

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Partial Pennsylvania Presidential write-ins released

From Ballot Access News:

The Pennsylvania state elections office has released partial write-in totals from the November 2008 presidential election. The state office only tabulated write-ins for Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul, and Chuck Baldwin. Clinton received 4,724; Paul 3,527; Baldwin 986; others 8,180.

Only 49 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties reported any write-ins, which means the other 18 counties, including Philadelphia, unlawfully ignored them.

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17 Pennsylvania counties again fail to tally any write-ins

Ballot Access News reports:

Pennsylvania has 67 counties. In Pennsylvania, all write-ins are legal (there is no procedure for write-in candidates to file in advance) and under the law, all should be tallied. However, once more, 17 counties have failed to include any write-ins from last month’s election, including the populous counties Cumberland, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

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Center for Competitive Democracy attorney asks District of Columbia to tally votes for declared write-in Presidential candidates

From Ballot Access News

On December 9, an attorney for the Center for Competitive Democracy wrote a letter to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, and asked that the Board tally the votes for the declared write-in candidates. The most prominent such candidates are Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.

The letter points out that in 1974, the D.C.

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Over 200,000 voters nationwide wrote in Presidential choices

According to Dave Leip’s US Election Atlas, which is still being updated as votes from the November election continue to be counted, at least 209,098 voters did not find to be acceptable any of the presidential candidates on their ballot and wrote in another choice. Some states do not allow write-in votes, or only count the votes of registered write-in candidates, so the number could actually be much higher.… Read more ...

Independents and alternative parties swing Ohio US Congressional District 15

Ballot Access News reports:

On Sunday, December 7, the Ohio provisional ballots in the 15th U.S. House race were finally all counted. Democratic nominee Mary Jo Kilroy won with 45.91%. Republican nominee Steve Stivers received 45.15%. The remaining 8.94% was split between Libertarian Mark Noble, independent Don Elijah Eckhart, and declared write-in candidate Travis Casper.

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Update on write-in votes

Ballot Access News blog has a series of posts about write-in votes as they are coming in. Here is what they have reported so far:

Virginia has tallied these write-ins for president: Alan Keyes 38, Brian Moore 13.

Michigan has tallied the votes for the two declared write-in presidential candidates. Alan Keyes received 129, and Brian Moore received 41.

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Alabama Presidential write-ins

Posted at Ballot Access News

Alabama is a state that has write-in space on the November ballot for president, and which has no requirement that write-in presidential candidates who want their write-ins must file a declaration of write-in candidacy. However, traditionally, the Alabama Secretary of State has never included any write-ins in her official canvass of votes.

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Steve Conn: Now it can be told

From Counterpunch

Attention Progressives. It’s official: Now it can be told.

Three weeks after the Presidential vote. Now it can be told. Noam Chomsky says Joe Biden’s nomination by Obama was a slap in the face (he used stronger words) to Obama’s supporters because of Biden’s positions on foreign policy and his special job of destroying credit card debtors’ pathway of escape by means of loan-shark- friendly bankruptcy reform.… Read more ...