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Write-In Candidates

Filing for Office

If you did not file for office for the Primary Election, file as a nominating petition candidate for the General Election, or if you were unsuccessful in advancing to the General Election from the Primary Election, and you wish to be a candidate in the General Election, you may file as a write-in candidate.

Candidates filing as a write-in candidate for a General Election must file a Letter of Intent and a Financial Disclosure Statement with any Division of Elections Office no later than five days before the General Election. Votes for a write-in candidate may not be counted unless the candidate has filed a Letter of Intent with the Division of Elections. There is no write-in vote on a Primary Election ballot.

If a write-in candidate is running for the Office of Governor, the candidate must file a joint Letter of Intent together with a candidate for the Office of Lieutenant Governor. Both candidates must be of the same political party or group.

Write-in votes are reported as a group in each race, combining votes for all write-ins. The votes will be counted for a write-in candidate race if the race is the highest number of votes received by any candidate in the race or the second highest number of votes.

Forms for Write-In Candidates

Methods for Filing Your Write-In Paperwork

Candidates may submit a Letter of Intent to any Division of Elections Office and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day prior to the General Election.

  • In person A Letter of Intent and Financial Disclosure Statement may be delivered in person to any Division of Elections Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day prior to the General Election.
  • By mail A Letter of Intent and Financial Disclosure Statement sent by mail must be received in any Division of Elections Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day prior to the General Election.
  • By fax A Letter of Intent and Financial Disclosure Statement may be faxed to any Division of Elections Office and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day prior to the General Election.

If you have questions regarding filing for office, you may call our toll free number at:
1-866-952-8683

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