How to vote for a write-in candidate

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Many write-in candidates have filed for the November 2 election, including one in the US Senate race.

But how exactly can you find who they are and actually vote for them?

There are about 28,000 registered voters in Floyd County, and it is Chris Waugh's job to make sure the right ballots go to the right precinct.

"There's hours upon hours that goes into preparing for an election. Everything from making sure the ballots are correct," said Waugh.

At each voting place, there will be sample ballots on the wall, as well as a list of write-in candidates.

"We do know it's a very large number. A lot of that is due to the success of the candidates in 2006 who were successful as write-in candidates," said Les Fugate from the Secretary of State's office.

In Floyd County, there are three write-in candidates: Billy Ray Wilson for US Senate, Mark Dwayne Gilliam for Wheelwright City Council, and Hattie Owens for the second district Magistrate.

When you cast a vote for a write-in candidate, you must write their last name or the vote will not count.

"You cannot write initials only. You can also not put stickers, or labels, or rubber stamps or any other kind of device on the ballot," said Fugate.

Waugh says election night will be a long one for his office, but he will make sure every official vote will count.

For a list of candidates running in the election, you can go to the Secretary of State's website:

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