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Presidential Write-in Laws By State

Only a few states may count and report a Write-in Vote for Ron Paul.

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

  • 8 States do not allow any write-in votes.
  • 8 States have sore loser laws that prevent someone who ran in the primary from being a write in candidate.
  • 24 States require a write-in candidate to sign and notarize paperwork to be a write-in candidate and it is unlikely that Ron Paul will do this.
  • 10 States may allow a write-candidate but the votes will not necessarily be counted or reported.

  • There is a Liberty Candidate with policies that closely align with Ron Paul's that will be on the ballot in all 50 States. Gary Johnson is a two term Governor (term limits) from New Mexico that has always supported Liberty. He vetoed more bills as Governor than all other Governor's combined and turned New Mexico from being heavily in debt to having a budget surplus all while cutting taxes. Gary Johnson has more executive government experience than Obama and Romney combined! Gary Johnson is the Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party, a party that Ron Paul is an honorary member for life, and was the Presidential Candidate for in 1988.

    Please take a look at Gary Johnson's website: http://GaryJohnson2012.com/

    Check out the current status of Gary Johnson's ballot access. Please note that in some states the date to start petitioning is still weeks away: http://www.lp.org/2012-ballot-access

    See State-by-State rules pertaining to a write-in campaign. Please note that there are links for each state and on each page there are links to the states website with the rules: http://writein2008.blogspot.com/

    The Federal Elections Commission reports that Ron Paul got 42,426 votes as a write-in in 2008 while the Libertarian Party candidate got 523,715 votes, more than 10 times as many. More may have voted for Paul but because of the rules they were not counted or reported. Gary Johnson is a much better candidate than the candidate that the Libertarian Party ran in 2008 and will surely get many more votes. Gary will be on the ballot in all 50 states.

    Federal Election Commission 2008 Presidential Votes:

    Should we split the Liberty Vote and write-in a name that will not be counted in most states or should we unify and Vote for Gary Johnson who will be on the ballot in all 50 states? I know that for myself to feel good about my vote I would have to think that I was doing something that had some chance of advancing the Liberty Movement and keeping the message alive. A vote that is not counted is a wasted vote when there is a voting option that will send a powerful message of Liberty. If 4/5 the people that might write-in Ron Paul's name would not have their vote counted or reported then what chance is there of the message you are trying to send ever being heard? Let's unify and send a message by voting for Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson!

    Please check out the facebook page, "Ron Paul Supporters Taking A Look At Gary Johnson - Libertarian": http://www.facebook.com/groups/170478946416753/

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    If Ron Paul won most of the

    If Ron Paul won most of the write in states and Virgil Goode and Gary Johnson got the other states....couldn't we prevent OBomoney from get the required electoral votes?...Then the fight goes to the senate?

    We already won 13 states (6 certified).

    We have creativity and truth on our side. We are helping to wake up towns, counties, districts and states all I've this country. Jury members are starting to understand nullifacation and ruling against unjust laws, abusive police tactics and sentenses that don't fit the crime.

    We have checks and balances built into our system. Our job is to shine light on these rights and help dust them off. We are many against a few. And the choice is simple liberty or slayery.

    I believe we can keep winning. We don't need their permission to keep fighting or to win. At some point in time the popular vote will count again.

    "A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
    A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

    Isn't there a"DAILYJOHNSON" website where all this

    Gary Johnson advocacy can be posted?

    With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

    Isn't there a"DAILYJOHNSON" website where all this

    Gary Johnson advocacy can be posted?

    With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

    You can´t change your fate by voting anyway..

    it is far beyond that at this point...

    Education is a nice way to go...

    I have no problem with Gary Johnson

    I would very much like to see him in the debates and haven't a problem in the world voting for him if Ron isn't on the ballot. True... he's no Ron Paul, but neither is anyone else and I say better Gary Johnson than either of the miserably inadequate alternatives. Here in Virginia, as best as I am able to ascertain, they'll let you write in, but won't count your vote. I would far rather my vote be counted and at this stage of the game it seems that in order to get that done without having to vote for the lesser of the lessers, Mr. Johnson will have to be it. I sure would like some input from Dr. Paul on the matter, but I understand that will have to wait until after the convention. Who knows? If by some quirk the fates decide to smile upon us in Tampa, this whole question might turn out to be a moot point.

    Brothers and Sisters... I could damn sure live with that!

    I like what you said up there...

    ...You know, we thought of writing in Ron Paul should we have to, but now I wonder about Maine. It has such a bad reputation now concering the GOP/RNC. In fact, Maine Governor Paul LePage said that
    he won't attend the convention since the GOP has not allowed Ron Paul Delegates to be seated...it's a mess in Maine and perhaps voting for The Libertarian Candidate might not be such a bad idea.

    fearless brave joyful peaceful loving grateful, compassionate

    To all the GJ haters...

    You don't like him, don't vote for him.
    What is your opposition to getting him into debates?

    I don't appreciate people calling me a hater and using similar

    tactics to browbeat me into falling directly in line with what they have decided to do.

    Make your case-hope for the best-cut the tyranny crap-or F off.

    P.S. If you are pissing me off you are in trouble because I am actually quite easygoing-just do that treat me like you want to be treated and you are golden.

    Here, see how this tastes-To all the Free will choice haters what is your opposition to allowing your fellow humans to have LIBERTY.

    P.S. Just my assessment but I am, of late, noting the GJ folks both speaking as if the GJ thing is essentially a done deal, that the vast majority of the LM* are happily and completely on board w/ GJ while at the same time sounding ever more shrill, desperate, tyrannical, RNC elite-ish, etc.

    Which is it? If your boy is OUR boy, a done deal/foregone conclusion-what's with the slurs and fabrications. Conversely, if he is not yet OUR boy-but he is the obvious conclusion we will all reach because of his clear superiority-Why does he need the HARD Sales tactics?


    "You are a den of vipers and thieves."

    I mean to rout you out!

    -Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

    -The door is wide open, anything can slither in

    Dr. Paul Has Never Let Me Down.

    If I do not vote or WRITE-IN Dr. Ron Paul, then that is one less vote that he will have.

    I will not let him down. Both he and I have too much invested, as well as he is the ONLY candidate who will bring balance back to our country.

    What is the sense of supporting something if it is for the wrong reasons.

    Either way, Ron Paul WILL be on my ballot.

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

    Voting for Johnson...

    is not letting down Ron Paul.

    If Ron has a chance to win - Yes.

    If Ron isn't on the ballot - No.

    Then vote for who you must.

    Many of us in our meetups have discussed this. I attend meetups in 8 cities in 2 states.

    Romney will not win.
    GJ will not win.

    Because we are voting for Dr. Paul, by write-in, if necessary, that means less votes for other candidates, no matter who he/she may be.

    We have vowed to NOT vote for lessers of evil. Not now, and not in the future.

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

    Gary Johnson has a better shot...

    than Romney. Everyone has seen Romney for who he is. The only people that will be voting for him are the "Anyone but Obama" people. Gary Johnson doesn't have that ceiling.

    Here's what Rothbard had to say about libertarian leaning voters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP3CbxcDVzA

    You sure do give up on liberty easily. Writing-in Ron will do nothing for my liberty. On the other hand, voting for Johnson may prevent a war with Iran, end the IRS, cut the size of government, etc.

    I guarantee you that Obama - or Romney (highly unlikely) - will win if all Ron Paul supporters write-in. Disagree? What if all Ron Paul supporters vote for Gary Johnson?

    What if.

    "What if all Ron Paul supporters vote for Gary Johnson?"

    Then they will do what they must.

    I do not give up on Liberty. I have only just begun.

    Regardless, our meetups serve a purpose other than to have coffee and cake. We are determined to never let lessers of evil determine our votes.

    Please study gj in depth as I have. You may learn that he is simply an attempted distraction to sway the true r3VOLution.

    I can not be swayed, unless it is for all of the right reasons.

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

    I've done plenty of looking...

    Gary Johnson will likely be the liberty movements only voice going forward in regards to the presidential candidates. In addition to supporting Ron Paul, we should be spreading the word about Gary Johnson in an effort to try to get him in the debates. Spreading negativity does nothing to help with that cause just as saying nothing is not helping.

    We should be actively promoting Johnson. Otherwise, Americans won't even get to hear any negatives about going to war with Iran, the NDAA, the drug war, the IRS, the FED, the bailouts, the military industrial complex...

    None of those things will get talked about, and Johnson is on the right side of every one of those issues. I urge you to watch the Rothbard video I linked before - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP3CbxcDVzA

    Ron Paul didn't wave a wand and make supporters appear overnight. He spent 30 years to get where he is now - to help the movement along to where it is now. It took a lot of hard work, and he received a lot of criticism. With all that effort, most of his supporters didn't become familiar with him until these past few years - a mere fraction of the time Dr. Paul has been plugging along.

    Ron Paul spent most of his years in mainstream political obscurity. He was hidden to prevent widespread consumption of the libertarian message he was carrying. Only after 30 years of hard work is America at a tipping point. America is on the precipice of real, desperately needed change.

    Gary Johnson is a step in the right direction. He's millions of times better than Romney and Obama on any issue. That is undeniable. If Ron Paul is not on the ballot, he won't win; There aren't enough states that count write-ins to pick up enough electoral votes. A write-in victory is impossible. No one has denied that fact.

    In the meantime, Romney will continue to shit in his nest. This can only help Johnson. Plus, Obama is not very popular any more in a lot of circles - for instance the youth crowd. Johnson, on the other hand, is picking up steam.

    I don't see why what I'm saying isn't clear. I have yet to hear a logical argument against voting for Johnson - in favor of writing-in Ron - in the situation of a three-way race with Obama and Romney that supports the ultimate goals of attaining more liberty. I've heard plenty of emotional arguments, but emotional arguments get penises cut off and thrown in ditches too. That's why I choose logic.

    I've rarely had bad results when I've logically thought about a decision before taking action. However, emotions have only helped me learn through the School of Hard Knocks.



    “It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
    ―Emmet Fox

    My state allows for write in votes and

    despite your unnecessary added comment, write in votes in my state ARE counted, even with the stupid Diebold machines and the fix programed into them.

    “It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
    ―Emmet Fox

    This is VERY Important

    This is VERY Important information and Chris you are a saint for doing this.

    Who is "Murray Rothbard" and why should a person w/ a LIBERATED

    mind need a middle man to make any decision for them?

    Are you one of those peeps that say they want LIBERTY-so they can be led?

    "You are a den of vipers and thieves."

    I mean to rout you out!

    -Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

    -The door is wide open, anything can slither in

    Thank you

    for the info


    "A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it." -William Penn

    Barrack won with only 23 states counted.

    It wasn't until later on in election night, after Obama was named the President-elect, that he acquired another 5 states.

    According to these numbers, with 34 states to play with, my point is that once again, Ron Paul does have a shot here. Not likely, but he certainly has it. The OTHER 16 states could vote for Johnson thus minimizing Obama/Romney votes.

    Didn't Johnson agree to give his Liberty Party slot to Ron Paul if he wasn't nominated at the convention, or was that just another rumor someone spread?


    There is a GOP loyalty pledge in at least 11 States

    "In order to be on the GOP Primary Ballot in at least 11 states, including Texas, Ron had to pledge that he would not seek the presidency on another ticket if he failed to secure the GOP nomination." - Jesse Benton, 2008


    Anonymous Libertarians

    Are any of those states

    part of the 8 States do not allow any write-in votes or the
    8 States that have sore loser laws?

    Not sure

    It is a tangle of laws from many states we are dealing with here. I'm not sure if the loyalty pledges had a limit of only applying to the state where he was taking the pledge or if it was open ended for the entire presidential campaign. The fact remains that there can be no unity in the liberty movement by any consideration of a write-in campaign because the vast majority of us will not be able to write-in Ron's name or if we do it will not be counted. If we are to be unified then it is going to have to come from another alternative.

    Anonymous Libertarians

    Well if they are

    that still leaves 34 states to write in, and if they're not, that would leave 23 states (which Obama won with). It obviously all depends on many factors, including which important states and the electoral college.

    Even if it's considered throwing my vote away (I don't), I'll still be voting my conscience. Many people died to give me that right, and I'd feel wrong voting for someone else. Personally, I look at it as throwing your vote away if you continuously vote for the 2 party system.

    Still eagerly waiting to see what happens at the convention.

    Sorry, but i looked at Gary

    Sorry, but i looked at Gary Johnson and he is not worthy of my vote.

    “Friends of freedom must

    “Friends of freedom must quickly assemble and plan strategy. Everyone has a vital interest in the outcome. Broad agreements are crucial; arguing minute details of solutions to difficult problems can undermine the movement and become purely negative. Perfection by man in the struggle for freedom is not achievable.”

    Dr. Paul’s Freedom Under Siege – 1987

    Anonymous Libertarians

    Key words Friends of Freedom

    and that is something CFR puppet faux libertarian GJ is most certainly not. But if you wish go ahead and be co-opted like the "tea party" did.