...to 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.
"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."
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