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Post Your State's Rules for Write-In Candidates Here

Many readers of the DP have gone on record saying that they will write in Ron Paul if he does not win the nomination in Tampa. (I personally believe and hope that he will, as a result of either an economic meltdown or Romney scandal.)

However, write-in campaigns are not allowed in several States, and in several more, candidates have to actively apply to run a write-in campaign.

So, how many electoral votes are available from a purely write-in campaign? Is it mathematically possible to win? Let's find out.

Please post your State's rules for presidential write-in campaigns in this thread, along with the number of electoral votes available for winning your State.

The only reference I found is from this 2008 blog post, which says that write-in campaigns are only permitted in 42 States: http://writein2008.blogspot.com/ The page hasn't been updated since 2008, but it is a good starting point for research.

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Presidential Write-in Laws By State

Presidential Write-in Laws By State:

Please view this image that shows the rules State-by-State on Write-in votes: http://imgur.com/EF2bM

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Candidate must file with Sec. of State Office or all write ins for them will be thrown out.

Write-in candidates for President file a declaration of write-in candidacy with the Secretary of State. The declaration may not be filed earlier than July 21, 2012, or later than 5:00 p.m. of August 20, 2012. The declaration must also be accompanied with information about the vice-presidential running mate and the names and addresses of the presidential electors. Written-signed statements of each individual’s consent to be a vice-presidential candidate or elector must accompany the application. Texas has 38 presidential electors. Forms may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s office.

GOP convention is August 27-30


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Ohio's Rules for Write-In Presidential Campaigns

20 electoral votes are available from the State of Ohio.

From 2012 Ohio Candidate Requirement Guide at http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/upload/publications/election/...

Write-In Candidates

To be a write-in candidate, a person must file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate (form #13). Only write-in candidates who have filed a valid declaration of intent will have votes counted in the primary or general election. (R.C. 3513.041) A write-in candidate must meet all of the eligibility requirements of the office. (See specific office listed in this Candidate Requirement Guide for qualifications.)

Write-in candidates for statewide office must file their declaration of intent with the Secretary of State. All other write-in candidates must file with the appropriate county board of elections.

A declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate in the primary election must be filed not later than 4 p.m. on the 72nd day before the election. (R.C. 3513.041)

A declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for representative to congress in the primary election must be filed not later than 4 p.m. on the 67th day before the election. (H.B. 369)

A declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate in the general election must be filed not later than 4 p.m. on August 27, 2012 (the deadline carries over to Monday, August 27, because August 26 [72 days before the general election] falls on a Sunday when boards of elections are closed). (R.C. 3513.041)

A write-in candidate must pay the same filing fee as any other candidate for the office. For more information, please see specific “office filing fees” under the office in which you are interested. (R.C. 3513.10 (A) and (B))

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