How Does Writing In A Vote Work?Submitted by kevink on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 16:34
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.