You Should Be President of the U.S.A.
Have you ever found yourself disappointed by the choices you are given for President of the United States of America? For me, it’s not just Presidential elections, but local elections too, (especially local elections…city council, county, TC Board, etc…). Have you ever heard of the “Write in vote”?
I am honored to say I have received two write in votes for President, and one for County Judge. I think some of you should get some votes too.
There are too many times that I find myself in, or close to a conversation on politics, and I hear some really smart ideas. I think, “that drunk guy at the bar would make a better President than the guys running”. So here’s what you need to know to choose a drunk over any idiot running for office.
A write in candidate is a person whose name is not on the ballot, but someone you can vote for anyway by simply writing in their name. In some cases there have even been “write in campaigns” have been organized to support a candidate who is not personally involved in running.
I checked up on the facts in this blog from wikipedia, (so it must be true).
Many states and municipalities allow for write-in votes in a partisan primary where no candidate is listed on the ballot to have the same functional effect as nominating petitions: for example, if there are no Reform Party members on the ballot for state general assembly and a candidate receives more than 200 write-in votes when the primary election is held (or the other number of signatures that were required for ballot access), the candidate will be placed on the ballot on that ballot line for the general election. In most places, this provision is in place for non-partisan elections as well.
Before you just dismiss this, you should know that most of the time write in candidates do not win…BUT… in 1960 John F. Kennedy won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 183,073 write-ins, and he won the Democratic Massachusetts presidential primary with 91,607 write-ins.
In all reality, you and me may never be President, but when you look at local voter numbers, you very well could win public office one day… if you try… Just let me know, I might vote for you.