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State Laws for voting for a write in candidate

Alaska
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Alaska is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a letter of intent with the state elections division in order to have his or her votes counted. This form must be filed no later than five days prior to the general election.

Alabama
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Alabama is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. There are no special requirements that write-in presidential candidates must meet in order to have their votes tallied

Arkansas
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Arkansas is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted

Arizona
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Arizona is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. In Arizona, a write-in candidate for the presidency must file a nomination paper in order to have his or her votes tallied. This paper must include the names of a vice presidential candidate and of presidential electors. The requisite paperwork must be filed with the Arizona Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 40th day prior to the general election.

California
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

California is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. California state law stipulates that a group of individual desiring to be write-in candidates for presidential electors "pledged to a particular candidate" must file declarations of candidacy. Each prospective elector must file this form with the secretary of state no later than the 14th day prior to the election

Colorado
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Colorado is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file an affidavit of intent in order to have his or her votes tallied. This affidavit must be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State by close of business on the 110th day before the general election

Connecticut
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Connecticut is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must register his or her candidacy in order to have his or her votes tallied. The candidate must submit his or her name, as well as the names of a vice presidential candidate and presidential electors. The registration form must be submitted to the secretary of state by 4:00 p.m. on the 14th day preceding the election

Delaware
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Delaware is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a declaration form with the state election commissioner in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed by September 30 in the year of the election.

Florida
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Florida is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file an oath with the Florida Secretary of State in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed no earlier than 57th day and no later than the 49th day prior to the general primary election (which is distinct from the presidential preference primary election).

Georgia
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Georgia is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a notice of intent with the secretary of state by the first Monday in September (in the year of the election) in order to be eligible to serve should he or she win the election. In addition, the candidate must also file an affidavit affirming that the notice of intent was published in a "newspaper of general circulation in the state."

Hawaii
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Hawaii is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted

Iowa
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Iowa is one of the seven states that do not require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. In Iowa, a write-in candidate is not required to file any special paperwork in order to have his or her votes tallied.

Idaho
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Idaho is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a declaration of intent in order to have his or her votes counted in the general election. This form must be filed with the secretary of state at least 28 days prior to the election.

Illinois
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Illinois is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. State law requires write-in presidential candidates to file declarations of intent "in those jurisdictions in which they are seeking" to have their votes tallied. This means that a "write-in candidate for president must file a declaration of intent with every county clerk and board of election commissioners in the state." These forms must be filed no later than 61 days prior to the election

Indiana
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Indiana is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. In Indiana, a write-in candidate for the presidency must file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state. The declaration of intent must be filed no earlier than 118 days before the primary and no later than noon on July 3 in the year of the election. A write-in candidate who fails to do this will not be qualified to serve should he or she be elected.

Kansas
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Kansas is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file an affidavit of candidacy in order to have his or her votes counted. This form must be filed with the secretary of state by 12:00 p.m. on the second Monday preceding the general election.

Kentucky
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Kentucky is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed by the fourth Friday in October preceding the election. The candidate must also pay a $50 filing fee..

Louisiana
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Louisiana is one of the nine states that do not permit write-in candidates. Louisiana state law does not permit write-in candidates.

Massachusetts
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Massachusetts is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a form naming the presidential, vice presidential, and presidential elector candidates. This form must be filed with the secretary of the commonwealth no later than the 60th day prior to the election in order for the candidate's votes to be tallied.

Maryland
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Alaska is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a certificate of candidacy in order to have his or her votes tallied. The form must be filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections by 5:00 p.m on the 7th day preceding the commencement of early voting in the state

Maine
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Maine is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file with the secretary of state a declaration of candidacy in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on the 45th day prior to the election.

Michigan
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Alaska is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. write-in candidate for the presidency must file a declaration of intent form with the secretary of state in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must include the names of the candidate, his or her running mate, and his or her presidential electors. The relevant statutes do not appear to specify a filing deadline; in 2016, the filing deadline was September 9, 2016

Minnesota
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Minnesota is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a written request with the secretary of state in order to have his or her votes tallied. This request must be filed no later than the seventh day prior to the election.

Missouri
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Missouri is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the general election

Mississippi
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Mississippi does not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election In Mississippi, write-in voting is generally not permitted

Montana
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

In Montana, a person seeking to be a write-in candidate for an office in any election must file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state no later than the 10th day before absentee ballots must be made available.

North Carolina
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

North Carolina is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a declaration of intent and a petition containing the signatures of at least 500 voters with the state board of elections no later than 90 days before the general election

North Dakota
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

North Dakota is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for president must file a certificate of candidacy with the secretary of state no later than 21 days before the general election in order to have his or her votes tallied

Nebraska
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

In Nebraska, a write-in candidate must file a notarized affidavit of intent with the secretary of state no later than the second Friday prior to the election. Additionally, "a candidate who has been defeated as a candidate in the primary election or defeated as a write-in candidate in the primary election shall not be eligible as a write-in candidate for the same office in the general election."

New Hampshire
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

New Hampshire state law does not require write-in presidential candidates to file any special paperwork in advance of the election.

New Jersey
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

New Jersey state law does not appear to require write-in candidates to file any special paperwork in advance of an election

New Mexico
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

New Mexico is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. New Mexico state law does not permit write-in candidates for president.

Nevada
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Nevada is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. Nevada does not permit voting for write-in candidates.

New York
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

New York is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A candidate that seeks to run as a write-in candidate must file a certificate of candidacy with the state board of elections no later than the third Tuesday before the general election.

Ohio
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Ohio is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for president in Ohio must file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state no later than 72 days before the general election

Oklahoma
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Oklahoma is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. Oklahoma does not allow write-in candidates for president

Oregon
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Oregon is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. Oregon law permits voters to write in names for candidates for president. Candidates nominated or elected by write-in must sign and file a form with the appropriate filing officer to accept the nomination or election.

Pennsylvania
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Pennsylvania do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election. Voters may write in the names of candidates on the Pennsylvania general ballot.

Rhode Island
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Rhode Island do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election. Rhode Island law does not require a write-in presidential candidate to file any special paperwork in advance of the election

South Carolina
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

South Carolina is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. South Carolina does not permit write-in votes for president

South Dakota
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

South Dakota is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. South Dakota state law does not permit write-in presidential candidates

Tennessee
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Tennessee is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a notice in each of the state's county in order to have his or her votes tallied. These notices must be filed no later than 50 days prior to the general election.

Texas
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Texas is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for president must file a declaration of candidacy with the secretary of state no later than 78 daysbefore the election.

Utah
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Utah is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate must file a declaration of candidacy with the lieutenant governor no later than 60 days before the general election

Virginia
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Virginia do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election. A write-in presidential candidate is not required to file any special paperwork in advance of the election

Vermont
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

Vermont do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election. A write-in presidential candidate is not required to file any special paperwork in advance of the election

Washington
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Washington is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for president can file a declaration of candidacy with the secretary of state no later than 18 days before the general election. This form must be accompanied by the requisite filing fee. Write-in votes cast for any candidates who fail to file this form will only be counted if the voter indicates "the office sought or position number, if the manner in which the write-in is done does not make the office or position clear.

Wisconsin
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Wisonsin is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a list of presidential electors and a declaration of candidacy in order to have his or her votes tallied. These forms must be filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board by 4:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday preceding the general election. This deadline may be extended to the Friday following the election if the write-in candidate "is eligible to receive the electoral votes" of the state.

West Virginia
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

West Virginia is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in presidential candidate must file a certificate of announcement in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed with the secretary of state no later than 49 days prior to the election.

Wyoming
Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

Wyoming is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file an application for candidacy along with a $200 filing fee in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed with the secretary of state no later than two days after the general election.

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