Comment: It's very difficult...

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It's very difficult... 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.

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.

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