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How Does Writing In A Vote Work?

I've only voted once in my life and I don't really remember how write-ins work. I live in NY and I don't know if we have paper ballots vs electronic. If electronic, do I literally need to type in the words "Ron Paul"? Or because he's a popular option will there possibly be an option to choose his name? (I would imagine no because that sure sounds like "being on the ballot").

I'm kind of concerned that TPTB will easily be able to discard my vote for any of the following reasons:

1) This might seem silly but, according to Wiki, his real name is Ernest Paul. Would a vote for "Ron Paul" get discarded?

2) How about the fact that there are probably thousands of people named Ron Paul across the country. How in the world would they know which one I was referring to? I mean, I know it's obvious but can't TPTB say "it was an ambiguous vote"?

3) What if there's a typo when a person enters in his name?

For the record, I'm still not sure who I'm voting for. I'd love to vote for Dr. Paul (and this might well be my last chance to) but I'm leaning towards GJ since he's on the ballot and I do want my "protest vote" to be counted.

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It doesn't work.

But it shows you are a member of this cool cult.

Be thankful they don't require tattoos.

different areas do it differently but in most machine ones

there is a place for write in and if you click it your controls turn into up and down arrows for the alphabet - not sure your area is like that

In NY some people were going to count their own counties because while they can do a write in it would likely take going there to tabulate it. A guy wrote a blog on it, I'll see if I can find it.

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

here is the blog about counting write ins for Ron Paul in NY


this is where the blog endorsed Ron Paul for President the day before: http://politicalclassdismissed.com/?p=13101

note that even where they don't count the individual vote to Ron Paul they count the number of 'other', people who voted and didn't cast a vote for an 'approved' choice, that is the 'undervote' and we can look that number up afterwards and if it is large we can circulate it.

As to the name, in Washington State I know they require the full name and party, so there it is Ronald Earnest Paul but in CA Ron Paul will do. Ronald Earnest Paul can't hurt, I would think....

In CA as long as they can tell who it is they count it for him, but I don't know about other states.

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

Plain and simple.

It DOESNT. Write in votes are simply stacked in a pile somewhere in the poll office. And the end of the night after the major candidate numbers are tallied. Then they MIGHT count the write in votes but probalbly not . No one will know or care who you wrote in. Your vote will be counted as a write in vote whether you wrote in Ron Paul or Santa Claus.I know because this is what they did in Texas.

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A vote AGAINST the two evils

is still a vote, no matter for whom the vote was cast.

Whether it's Gary Johnson, a Ron Paul write-in or even an abstain.

Write in votes do count.

Write in votes do count. Please go look on google for write in ron paul and you will find out how you are supposed to do it.

Here's EXACTLY how it works

You write the name down on the ballot. Someone working for the polls sees this, and throws it into a 'write in bin' *read trash can*, and laughs their ass off maniacally cause you wasted your fucking time.

NO MORE LIES. Ron Paul 2012.

egapele's picture

I will be a poll worker on November 6th

and will be there 6:00 a.m. in the morning until 8:30 p.m. and I can tell you those were not my instructions during my training.


Express your "dislike" verbally, if you care to...

NO MORE LIES. Ron Paul 2012.

If its electronic

It wont be counted for sure. Electronic voting machines are rigged to the max!

His name is Edward Snowden

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