Writing in your vote for president? It might not get counted


October 30, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Some disaffected voters, including a few public officials, have vowed to write in the name of their ideal candidate rather than pick among Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and other names printed on the ballot.

Most of those write-ins are almost by definition protests votes — whether they're for Mickey Mouse or Mitt Romney — but whether they are actually counted depends on where a voter lives.

The names of write-in candidates often end up being lumped into a single category, unless a write-in hopeful has alerted state election officials or has filled out needed paperwork ah...

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