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Which states will count write-ins?

I still am holding out for a revolt in Tampa BUT if Romney ends up as the nominee, which states will count write-ins? What do we have to do make sure Ron Paul's name is counted.

I wrote in Ron Paul in 08 (my wife did as well) but I don't even know if they were counted. I want to be able to look down and see those write-in votes in Florida (like the write in Ron Paul votes in the NH DEMOCRATIC primary this year!!)

So how do we find out this info in each state?

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STOP the infighting, and smell the roses DUDES!

Those who are still advocating the write-in Ron Paul only campaign, are doing EXACTLY what the establishment behind the two party system wants you to do.

Their strategy is simple. If you won’t vote for one of the two presidential parties that be, please write in your Republican candidate Ron Paul. If he wins (which they know won’t happen), they have still secured their TWO PARTY SYSTEM.

Grow-up and smell the ROSES, the last thing the establishment wants, is for a THIRD PARTY to emerge out of all this.

This is not about Ron Paul, or even Gary Johnson for that matter, it's about breaking the corrupt two party system.

Please people, “Put on your "Thinking Hats" while we still have a chance".

The Winds of Change!

New York doesn't count them

Frankly, I suspect that even the states that claim to really don't. Anyway, in New York only "certified" write-in candidates' votes are counted, which leaves out Ron Paul (for one). That's why I have no choice but to vote for Gary Johnson, which I'm quite comfortable with.

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It's very difficult...

...to find reliable information. Each State has different rules, and many of the States (like mine, PA), simply ignore them whenever they feel like it, and in an unpredictable way. Here's a compilation of information, which, as far as I can tell, is pretty accurate.

http://www.anamericanvision.com/info/state_certifications.php

The States break down into three groups.

1. States that do not count write-ins under any circumstances - Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota.

2. States that have no candidate registration requirements, and count write-ins (at least in theory, in practice they often don't count them and/or don't report them) - Alabama, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Wyoming, Pennsylvania.

3. All the remaining States will count write-ins, but only if the write-in candidate registers (i.e. declares intent, submits forms, etc). As Ron Paul has not registered in any State, one would think write-in votes in these States would not be counted.

I wouldn't even consider a write-in unless you live in one of the States in group #2, and then you should try to find some information about how your State follows it own rules. I know in my State, Pennsylvania, many counties simply ignore the rules, and lots of write-in votes go uncounted/unreported.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

O shoot

...that's the wrong link, appears to give contact information. The link to the rules State-by-State is here .

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

If write-ins count in Cali. I will be going there to canvass for

Dr. Paul next week. Does anyone know? I am supporting writing in Dr. Paul, this is the only thing that will show the GOP.

Also, please look here, Jim really needs your help.

http://www.dailypaul.com/257537/freedom-supporter-needs-your...

http://www.politico.com/blogs

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1108/Hillary_234_Jesu...

Yes it will be counted!!!

I live in Duval county in Florida. Here look what happened in 2008.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1108/Hillary_234_Jesu...

See that? Those Ron Paul write in people stood on principle and almost beat the Hillary write in vote in my county.

THE VOTES WERE COUNTED.

there was a map posted

showing the 8 states that don't count write-ins Nevada wasone pretty much all the others were down around but not including Texas anyone on either coast is fine, the map should have got more attention but the Rand concern posts outnumbered all worthy posts for days. Here is the link please vote it up and keep it going around http://www.dailypaul.com/231597/42-states-allow-write-in-vot...

Arkansas rules seem contradictory

Write-in Candidates
Write-in candidates are not allowed in presidential, municipal, or primary elections. [ACA
§§7-5-525, 7-8-302, 14-43-202]
Federal, State, and District Offices [ACA §§7-5-205, 7-6-102]:
 Must file a written notice of write-in candidacy with the county board of election
commissioners of each county in which the candidate seeks election and the Secretary of
State no later than the last day of the party filing period.
 Must file a political practices pledge and an affidavit of eligibility for the office with the
Secretary of State at the same time of filing the notice of write-in candidacy.
County and Township Offices [ACA §§7-5-205, 7-6-102]:
 Must file a written notice of write-in candidacy with the county board of election
commissioners and the county clerk no later than the last day of the party filing period.
 Must file a political practices pledge and an affidavit of eligibility for the office with the
county clerk at the same time of filing the notice of write-in candidacy.
A write-in candidate for federal, state, district, county, and township office seeking
election at the November 6, 2012 General Election must file no later than March 1, 2012.

If they do allow it, then the deadline to file has passed.

Attention All Delegates! Break your "Binds" and vote for the Constitution in Tampa! Ron Paul 2012

And the thing about contradictory rules/laws...

...is that the politicians can selectively enforce them to suit their purposes (I'd argue that is the reason that politicians create contradictory rules/laws in the first place).

Perhaps the best way to figure out whether your write-in vote will be counted is not even to look at the rules, but to simply figure out who in your county is going to be doing the counting. The likelihood of your vote getting counted probably decreases in direct proportion to the counter's hostility toward what Ron Paul represents.

In other words, it's a complete crapshoot, and I really see no value in write-in campaigns at all. I mean, we know its not going to win Ron Paul the Presidency, right? Anyone not delusional knows that. So it's about making a statement. And that's worthwhile. But if the statement doesn't get heard...or only gets heard a couple months after the election when somebody digs through all the actual ballots and gives us a good count...which by this time the media could care less about...what's the point?

Make your vote count, vote for somebody on the ballot. Doesn't have to be Gary Johnson, maybe you like the Constitution Party, I don't know. But to make a statement someone needs to hear it! You already know you like Ron Paul, no need to prove it to yourself at the ballot box, the purpose of the ballot box is to express your opinion to other people.

/Rant

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Correct me if I am wrong.

I believe that in Pennsylvania, once a threshold has been reached the votes are counted.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Apparently, RP got 174 in Florida in 2008!

http://silencedmajority.blogs.com/silenced_majority_portal/2...

Glad to see Florida counts write-ins. If Romney gets the nomination, I think we need a "write-in candidacy."

Check with your Secretary of State's office?

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What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

That is where write-ins have to file in Texas

If they don't file, all of their votes will be thrown out.

Would Ron Paul have to file or can others file on his behalf?

What do you think?