write in candidate voting instructions
A write-in vote for me on November 8th will count in the following states:
New York, Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island
For the write in vote to count, be sure to enter my name on the ballot the way it is certified through the New York City Board of Elections - Michael F. Ingbar (for President) and my running mate Steven Jacobson (for Vice President).
How to do a write-in vote in New York City (check your county/city for specific instructions if not from NYC):
All voting in New York County is done on touch screens. When voting for president, you can select “Write-In”, which will allow you to type in “Michael F. Ingbar”. Election inspectors will be available to answer any questions you have.
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Could a Write-In Candidate
Actually Be Elected President?
While it is absolutely possible for a write-in candidate to be elected President, there are a couple unique challenges facing their campaign.
The first challenge for a write-in candidate to overcome is that only 43 states even allow write-in votes. These states account for 494 of the 538 total electoral votes (270 needed to win), which creates an immediate handicap for any write-in candidate.
The second challenge facing a write-in candidate deals with uncharted territory. When you cast a vote at the polls, you aren’t actually voting for a candidate; rather, you are voting for an Elector nominated by that candidate’s party. That elector will then, in turn, vote for the actual candidate. A write-in candidate, on the other hand, can officially receive votes without nominating a single elector. That means that, potentially, someone could be elected without anyone to vote for them. As this has never happened (and there is no rules regarding such a circumstance) it is unknown how this would be handled.
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