Independent Statesmen Party,

   Candidate Write In Requirements, State Certifications for Bill Nees

     Your Vote Will Be Counted: As Presidential Candidates we will be Properly Registering in 43 States that allow Write In Ballots for President of the United States of America.
     States that do not allow Presidential Write In Ballots are:
Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota
Do the lawmakers in these states fear that their Citizens
will vote Independent if allowed equal opportunity to do so?

     Post Script: People living in these other 7 states should petition as to why their states are usurping their Constitutional Right to the Freedom of Choice at the Federal Election Ballot Polls?
Write In Candidate Registrations - 2016 - State by State Specifications & Requirements
Instructions for getting a Write In Candidate Certified - State by State
In Alabama, a write-in candidate for President in the November 2016 general election does not have to do anything to have his/her votes counted.
All write-in votes will be counted.
To be recognized as a write-in candidate for President in the 2016 General Election in Alaska, write-in candidates must file with the Division of Elections the following form:
Letter of Intent
Write-In Candidate For President and Vice President (.doc).
Write-in votes will not be counted unless the Letter of Intent has been filed. (AS 15.25.105)
For the November 2016 General Election, the Write-in Candidates' Letter of Intent must be filed no later than October 2016. (AS 15.25.105 (c))
No Write-In Presidential Candidates Allowed.
The Arkansas Secretary of State's Elections Division website says this:
"Write-in candidates are not allowed in presidential, municipal, or primary elections.
See code ACA § 7-5-525, § 7-8-302, § 14-43-202 Arkansas. Government SBEC Handbook Final.
The candidate must submit the following to the Secretary of State's Election Office:
[1] A Nomination Paper / Affidavit of Qualification for the presidential candidate.
[2] A Nomination Paper / Affidavit of Qualification for the vice - presidential candidate.
[3] For each of 10 electors who must be residents of the state of Arizona.
[4] A cover sheet on which the presidential candidate designates in writing that he is running for President, who his vice-presidential running mate is, and the names of the 10 presidential electors that are pledged to him. This cover sheet should also reference that the nomination papers for the presidential candidate, the vice-presidential candidate and each of the 10 electors are enclosed.
Here is an official information Sheet for each of 10 electors who must be residents of the state of Arizona. From the Arizona Secretary of State's Election Office.
All Nomination Papers Must Be Notarized
A candidate must file the following with the California Secretary of State’s Office:
[1] A Statement of Write-In Candidacy For President Of The United States form.
[2] Declaration Of Write-In Candidacy Presidential Elector forms, each of which must be notarized.
The declarations of write-in candidacy must be filed with the Secretary of State in person or by mail.
By August 2016, a write-in candidate for President must file the following with the Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division:
[1] An Affidavit of Intent for Write-In Designation And Declaration of Qualification for the presidential candidate. Notarization Required.
[2] An Affidavit of Intent for the vice-presidential candidate. Notarization Required.
[3] The Acceptance of Presidential Electors form. 9 Electors Required.
By October 2016, the write-in presidential candidate must file the following with Connecticut Secretary of State, Legislative & Elections Administrative Division:
A Registration Of Write-In Candidacy For President/Vice-President form.
The Elections Division said that the candidate can use as many copies of the form as he or she needs to give to the various electors and to the vice-presidential candidate. When sending them all in to the Elections Dept., the forms should just be all stapled together.
There are no requirements in the state of Delaware. Voters can just write in the candidate's name, and the vote will be counted.
A presidential write-in candidate may have a blank space provided on the general election ballot for his/her name to be written in if:
[1] The candidate files an Oath of Candidate DS-DE 85 form, with the Division of Elections between 8 a.m., July 1 and Noon, July 2016. The Elections Division said that the candidate can use as many copies of the form as he or she needs to give to the various electors and to the vice-presidential candidate. When sending them all in to the Elections Dept., the forms should just be all stapled together.
[2] Not later than August 2016, the candidate submits a list containing the names and addresses of 27 persons to serve as electors to the Department of State. No notarizations required.
The Oath of Candidate form must be filled out and signed by both Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.
For Georgia, in order to be eligible as a write-in candidate for President, there is a multi-step process:
[1] You need to send a formal letter of intent to run as a write-in candidate for President and Vice-President, accompanied by a request for the forms that you will need to fill out. You send this letter to:
Mike McCarthy
Director of Elections
Sec. of State Elections Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
West Tower, Ste. 1104
Atlanta, GA 30334
[2] You also need to publish a notice of your intent to run for President as a write-in candidate in a newspaper of general circulation in the state of Georgia, which would be the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. You need to get an affidavit of publication from the paper, and a copy of the publication itself. You can publish this notice anytime between JANUARY 2016 and SEPTEMBER 2016.
[3] Complete and send the form received from the GA elections division to them, accompanied by the affidavit of publication and a copy of the newspaper notice itself. All of this is due by September 2016, but can be filed at any time before then.
Presidential write-ins are not allowed in the state of Hawaii.
There are no forms or applications to fill out, just let people know that you want them to write your name in on the General election ballot & how you want your name wrote. For example if you want Bill instead of William or vise versa.
The candidate needs to fill out and turn in the SC-10B Declaration of Intent for Write-In Candidate form by October 2016. If the candidate is not affiliated with a party, he/she would put "No" or "None" in the blank asking for party. For the notary, have a notary in your state notarize. The notary can cross out the word Idaho and write in the state they are in.
To qualify as a write-in candidate in the entire state of Illinois, the candidate has to submit a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate form to every jurisdiction (i.e. County) in the state and with each of the 8 Board of Elections Commissioners.
There are 102 Counties in Illinois, so the candidate needs to file 110 forms total. Each one has to be signed and notarized individually.
The Declaration of Intent form is available from the Illinois State Board of Elections. Call (312) 814-6440.
The candidate can also submit the Declaration of Intent forms only to those counties in which he/she wants to run.
Board of Elections Commissioners Eight Illinois Districts
List Updated October 2011
Bryan A. Schneider, (Chairman) Department Email:
Department: Chicago Office
100 West Randolph Suite 14-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-6440 Fax: 312-814-6485
Department: Springfield Office
1020 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: 217-782-4141 Fax: 217-782-5959
William M. McGuffage, (Chairman)
Jesse R. Smart, (Vice Chairman)
Betty J. Coffrin
Harold D. Byers
Judith C. Rice
Charles W. Scholz
Ernest L. Gowen
102 County Jurisdictions In Illinois
Adams County:
Georgia Volm   Clerk 217-277-2150
507 Vermont
Quincy, Illinois 62301
Alexander County:
Frances Lee   Clerk 618-734-7000
2000 Washington Ave.
Cairo, Illinois 62914
Bond County:
Randy L. Reitz   Clerk 618-664-0449
203 West College
Greenville, Illinois 62246
Boone County:
Mary S. Steurer   Clerk 815-544-3103
1212 Logan Ave., Suite 103
Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Brown County:
Judith L. Ham   Clerk 217-773-3421
200 W. Court, St., Room 4
Mt. Sterling, Illinois 62353
Bureau County:
Kamala S. Hieronymus   Clerk 815-875-2014
700 South Main
Princeton, Illinois 61356
Calhoun County:
Rita M. Hagen   Clerk 618-576-2351
102 County Road, Box 187
Hardin, Illinois 62047
Carroll County:
Brian Woessner   Clerk 815-244-0221
301 N. Main, Box 152
Mt. Carroll, Illinois 61053
Cass County:
Michael C. Kirchner   Clerk 217-452-2277
100 E. Springfield St.
Virginia, Illinois 62691
Champaign County:
Gordy Hulten   Clerk 217-384-3720
1776 East Washington
Urbana, Illinois 61802
Christian County:
Linda Curtin   Clerk 217-824-4969
101 S. Main, Box 647
Taylorville, Illinois 62568
Clark County:
William C. "Bill" Downey   Clerk 217-826-8311
501 Archer Ave.
Marshall, Illinois 62441
Clay County:
Brenda Britton   Clerk 618-665-3626
111 Chestnut, Box 160
Louisville, Illinois 62858
Clinton County:
Mary Rakers   Clerk 618-594-2464
850 Fairfax, Box 308
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
Coles County:
Sue Rennels   Clerk 217-348-0501
651 Jackson, Room 122
Charleston, Illinois 61920
Cook County:
David D. Orr   Clerk 312-603-0996
69 W. Washington, 5th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Crawford County:
Patty Lycan   Clerk 618-546-1212
100 Douglas, Box 616
Robinson, Illinois 62454
Cumberland County:
Joy Sutherland   Clerk 217-849-2631
140 Courthouse Sq., Box 146
Toledo, Illinois 62468
DeKalb County:
John Acardo   Clerk 815-895-7149
110 East Sycamore
Sycamore, Illinois 60178
De Witt County:
Dana Smith   Clerk 217-935-7780
201 W. Washington P. O. Box 439
Clinton, Illinois 61727
Douglas County:
Jim Ingram   Clerk 217-253-2411
401 S. Center, Box 467
Tuscola, Illinois 61953
Dupage County:
Robert T. Saar   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 630-407-5600
421 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, Illinois 60189
Edgar County:
August Griffin   Clerk 217-466-7433
115 W. Court St., Room "J"
Paris, Illinois 61944
Edwards County:
Marybeth (Saxe) Smith   Clerk 618-445-2115
50 East Main
Albion, Illinois 62806
Effingham County:
Mr. Kerry Hirtzel   Clerk 217-342-6535
101 N. 4th, Suite 201, Box 628
Effingham, Illinois 62401
Fayette County:
Terri D. Braun   Clerk 618-283-5000
221 South 7th Street P. O. Box 401
Vandalia, Illinois 62471
Ford County:
Linda Kellerhals   Clerk 217-379-2721
200 W. State, Room 101
Paxton, Illinois 60957
Franklin County:
Dave Dobill   Clerk 618-438-3221
P.O. Box 607
Benton, Illinois 62812
Fulton County:
James I. "Jim" Nelson   Clerk 309-547-3041
100 N. Main, Box 226
Lewistown, Illinois 61542
Gallatin County:
Elizabeth A. Wargel   Clerk 618-269-3025
484 N. Lincoln Blvd., Box 550
Shawneetown, Illinois 62984
Greene County:
Deborah Banghart   Clerk 217-942-5443
519 N. Main
Carrollton, Illinois 62016
Grundy County:
Lana J. Phillips   Clerk 815-941-3222
111 E. Washington, Box 675
Morris, Illinois 60450
Hamilton County:
Mary Anne Hopfinger   Clerk 618-643-2721
100 S. Jackson St.
McLeansboro, Illinois 62859
Hancock County:
Mr. Kerry Asbridge   Clerk 217-357-3911
500 Main, Box 39
Carthage, Illinois 62321
Hardin County:
Mary Ellen Denton   Clerk 618-287-2251
Main & Market St., Box 187
Elizabethtown, Illinois 62931
Henderson County:
Marcella Cisna   Clerk 309-867-2911
307 Warren, Box 308
Oquawka, Illinois 61469
Henry County:
Barb Link   Clerk 309-937-3575
307 W. Center St.
Cambridge, Illinois 61238
Iroquois County:
Lisa Fancher   Clerk 815/432-6960
1001 East Grant
Watseka, Illinois 60970
Jackson County:
Larry Reinhardt   Clerk 618-687-7360
1001 Walnut St. Courthouse
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
Jasper County:
Linda Huth   Clerk 618-783-3124
204 W. Washington, Suite 2
Newton, Illinois 62448br />
Jefferson County:
Connie Simmons   Clerk 618-244-8020
100 S. Tenth, Room 105
Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864
Jersey County:
Steve Pohlman   Clerk 618-498-5571
200 N. Lafayette
Jerseyville, Illinois 62052
Jo Daviess County:
Jean Dimke   Clerk 815/777-0161
330 North Bench
Galena, Illinois 61036
Johnson County:
Robin Harper-Whitehead   Clerk 618-658-3611
117 N. 5th St., Box 96
Vienna, Illinois 62995
Kane County:
John A. "Jack" Cunningham   Clerk 630-232-5998
719 S. Batavia
Geneva, Illinois 60134
Kankakee County:
Bruce Clark   Clerk 815-937-2990
189 East Court
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Kendall County:
Debbie Gillette   Clerk 630-553-4104
111 West Fox
Yorkville, Illinois 60560
Knox County:
Scott G. Erickson   Clerk 309-345-3815
200 S. Cherry St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
Lake County:
Ms. Willard Helander   Clerk 847-377-2400
18 North County
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
LaSalle County:
JoAnn Carretto   Clerk 815-434-8202
707 Etna Road
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
Lawrence County:
Will Gibson   Clerk 618-943-2346
1100 State St.
Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439
Lee County:
Cathy Myers   Clerk 815-288-3309
112 East 2nd,Box 329
Dixon, Illinois 61021
Livingston County:
Kristy A. Masching   Clerk 815-844-2006
112 West Madison
Pontiac, Illinois 61764
Logan County:
Sally Litterly   Clerk 217-732-4148
601 Broadway, Box 278
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
Macon County:
Stephen M. Bean   Clerk 217-424-1305
141 South Main
Decatur, Illinois 62523
Macoupin County:
Pete Duncan   Clerk 217-854-3214
201 East Main, Box 107
Carlinville, Illinois 62626
Madison County:
Mark Von Nida   Clerk 618-692-6290
157 N. Main, Suite 109 P. O. Box 218
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
Marion County:
Steven Fox   Clerk 618-548-3400
100 E. Main St., Box 637
Salem , Illinois 62881
Marshall County:
Andrea Mahoney-Platt   Clerk 309-246-6325
122 N. Prairie, Box 328
Lacon, Illinois 61540
Mason County:
William R. Blessman   Clerk 309-543-6661
100 N. Broadway, Box 77
Havana, Illinois 62644
Massac County:
John D. Taylor   Clerk 618-524-5213
1 Superman Sq., Box 429
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
McDonough County:
Gretchen DeJaynes   Clerk 309-833-2474
1 Courthouse Square
Macomb, Illinois 61455
McHenry County:
Katherine C. Schultz   Clerk 815-334-4242
2200 North Seminary
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
McLean County:
Kathy Michael   Clerk 309-888-5183
115 E. Washington, Rm.102
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Menard County:
Gene Treseler   Clerk 217-632-2415
102 S. 7th, Box 465
Petersburg, Illinois 62675
Mercer County:
Phyllis Bewley   Clerk 309-582-7021
100 Southeast 3rd St., Box 66
Aledo, Illinois 61231
Monroe County:
Dennis M. Knobloch   Clerk 618-939-8681
100 South Main
Waterloo, Illinois 62298
Montgomery County:
Sandy Leitheiser   Clerk 217-532-9530
1 Courthouse Square P.O. Box 595
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
Morgan County:
Jill Waggener   Clerk 217-243-8581
300 West State Street P. O. Box 1387
Jacksonville, Illinois 62651
Moultrie County:
Georgia C. England   Clerk 217-728-4389
10 South Main
Sullivan, Illinois 61951
Ogle County:
Rebecca Huntley   Clerk 815-732-1110
105 S. 5th St., Suite 104
Oregon, Illinois 61061
Peoria County:
Robert S. (Steve) Sonnemaker   Clerk 309-672-6070
324 Main Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Perry County:
Kevin Kern   Clerk 618-357-5116
3764 State Route 13/127 P.O. Box 438
Pinckneyville, Illinois 62274
Piatt County:
Colleen Kidd   Clerk 217-762-9487
101 W. Washington, Box 558
Monticello, Illinois 61856
Pike County:
Donnie Apps   Clerk 217-285-6812
121 E. Washington
Pittsfield, Illinois 62363
Pope County:
Connie Gibbs   Clerk 618-683-4466
310 E. Main, Box 216
Golconda, Illinois 62938
Pulaski County:
Julie Sauerbrunn   Clerk 618-748-9360
500 Illinois Ave. & High St. P. O. Box 118
Mound City, Illinois 62963
Putnam County:
Dan Kuhn   Clerk 815-925-7129
120 N. 4th St., Box 236
Hennepin, Illinois 61327
Randolph County:
Pat Laramore   Clerk 618-826-5000
#1 Taylor Street
Chester, Illinois 62233
Richland County:
Alice Mullinax   Clerk 618-392-3111
103 West Main Street
Olney, Illinois 62450
Rock Island County:
Karen Kinney   Clerk 309-786-4451
1504 3rd Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Saline County:
Kim Buchanan   Clerk 618-253-8197
10 East Poplar
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Sangamon County:
Joseph Aiello   Clerk 217-753-6700
200 South 9th County Complex
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Schuyler County:
Linda S. Ward   Clerk 217-322-4734
102 S. Congress, Box 200
Rushville, Illinois 62681
Scott County:
Beverley A. Evans   Clerk 217-742-3178
35 E. Market St.
Winchester, Illinois 62694
Shelby County:
Kathy A. Lantz   Clerk 217-774-4421
301 East Main, Box 230
Shelbyville, Illinois 62565
St. Clair County:
Bob Delaney   Clerk 618-825-2380
10 Public Square
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Stark County:
Linda K. Pyell   Clerk 309-286-5911
130 West Main
Toulon, Illinois 61483
Stephenson County:
Vici Otte   Clerk 815-235-8289
50 W. Douglas, Suite 500
Freeport, Illinois 61032
Tazewell County:
Christie A. Webb   Clerk 309-477-2264
11 South 4th Street
Pekin, Illinois 61554
Union County:
Bobby Toler, Jr.   Clerk 618-833-5711
309 West Market P. O. Box H
Jonesboro, Illinois 62952
Vermilion County:
Lynn Foster   Clerk 217-554-1900
6 North Vermilion
Danville, Illinois 61832
Wabash County:
Janet Will   Clerk 618-262-4561
401 Market Street P. O. Box 277
Mt. Carmel, Illinois 62863
Warren County:
Tina Conard   Clerk 309-734-8592
100 West Broadway
Monmouth, Illinois 61462
Washington County:
Thomas Ganz   Clerk 618-327-4800
101 E. St. Louis Street
Nashville, Illinois 62263
Wayne County:
Glenda Young   Clerk 618-842-5182
301 East Main, Box 187
Fairfield, Illinois 62837
White County:
Paula Dozier   Clerk 618-382-7211
301 East Main, Box 339
Carmi, Illinois 62821
Whiteside County:
Dana Nelson   Clerk 815-772-5189
200 East Knox
Morrison, Illinois 61270
Will County:
Nancy Schultz Voots   Clerk 815-740-4615
302 North Chicago
Joliet, Illinois 60432
Williamson County:
Saundra K. Jent   Clerk 618-997-1301
407 N. Monroe, Suite 119
Marion, Illinois 62959
Winnebago County:
Margie Mullins   Clerk 815-987-3050
404 Elm Street
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Woodford County:
Debbie Harms   Clerk 309/467-2822
115 N. Main, Room 202
Eureka, Illinois 61530
8 Major City Jurisdictions In Illinois
City of Aurora (Kane) County:
Linda Fechner   630-897-4030
323 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
City of Bloomington (McLean) County:
Paul Shannon   309-888-5136 or 309-888-5138
115 E. Washington Room 403, P. O. Box 2400
Bloomington, Illinois 61702
City of Chicago (Cook) County:
Lance Gough   312-269-7967 or 312-269-7900
69 W. Washington Suite 600/800
Chicago, Illinois 60602
City of Danville (Vermilion) County:
Barbara Dreher   217-554-1930
6 N. Vermilion
Danville, Illinois 61832
City of East St. Louis (St. Clair) County:
James Lewis   618-398-3778
8740 State St., Suite 200
East St. Louis, Illinois 62203
City of Galesburg (Knox) County:
Lisa Watson   309-345-3660
55 W. Tompkins P.O. Box 1387
Galesburg, Illinois 61402
City of Peoria (Peoria) County:
Tom Bride   309-494-8683
542 SW Adams
Peoria, Illinois 61602
City of Rockford (Winnebago) County:
Kenneth Harper   815/987-5750
301 South 6th
Rockford, Illinois 61104
Indiana state requirements to make sure write-in votes for you get counted in the upcoming 2016 US Presidential election.
By July ?, 2016, the candidate will need to submit the following to the Indiana Election Division:
[1] A CAN-3 form. Must be Notarized (see instructions below).
On questions 1, 7, and 8, concerning residence, simply include the correct information regarding your residence, but cross out "Indiana", and insert the name of the applicable state.
With regard to the presidential electors needed, Indiana Code 3-8-2-2.5(f) states that a write -in candidate must list at least 1 candidate for presidential elector, and may not list more than the total number of presidential electors to be chosen in Indiana (11).
This list would be considered part of the CAN-3 document, which is notarized by the candidate. You may wish to include a statement to the effect of "This list is incorporated by reference in the CAN-3 form executed by me on (this date)", or words to that effect.
An Affidavit of Write-in Candidacy for the offices of president and vice-president shall be filed with the secretary of state no later than 12:00 noon on October ?, 2016
The candidate must submit the following to the Kentucky Secretary of State:
[1] A “Declaration of Intent To Be A Write-In Candidate” form, which will require the following information:
(a) Both President and Vice-President must sign the one form.
(b) The names of 8 electors pledged to the Presidential candidate.
[2] A filing fee of $50.00, by check made payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer”.
The form and fee are due by 4pm, Kentucky time, October ?, 2016.
The form is available by request from the Kentucky State Board of Elections: 502-573-7100
Mail white and yellow copies of the form to:
Trey Grayson, Secretary of State
Suite 148, State Capitol
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-3493

Louisiana does not allow write-in voting for President and Vice-President
The candidate must file the following by Friday, September ?, 2016:
[1] A Certificate of Write-In Candidacy for President and Vice-President (1 form). This form contains 12 spaces for the names, addresses, and signatures of the 12 electors. So each of the electors must put their name, address and signature on this form.
[2) 12 Elector Registration Certificates (1 for each of the candidate’s 12 presidential electors) These forms must be physically taken in by each elector to their local voter registrar's office, and must be signed or stamped by the voter registrar certifying that the elector is a registered voter.
These forms can be obtained by contacting the Elections Division at: (617) 727-2828
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Elections Division
McCormack Building, Room 1705
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
How to Run for President in Massachusetts
Candidates must file a Certificate of Candidacy – Write-In Candidate General Election with:
P.O. Box 6486
Annapolis, MD 21401-0486
410-269-2840 Toll Free 800-222-8683
A filing fee is NOT required for a write-in candidate. The candidate may file the Certificate of Candidacy by mail. All required documents should be mailed together. It is important to note, the Certificate of Candidacy must be notarized.
Deadline is the Wednesday before the General Election, October 2016.
If mailed, the appropriate election office must receive the Certificate of Candidacy by the deadline. Timely postmarked or faxed copies will not be accepted. Original signatures are required. In no case will a filing be accepted later than 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday before the General Election.
Recommendation: It is recommended that a write-in candidate file as early as possible in order to appear on various candidate lists including the write-in candidate list on the sample ballots. Additionally, early filing enables the candidate the option to designate challengers and watcher at the polling place.
The 2008 President, Vice-President and Electors forms are available from the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions: 207-624-7736, and will need to be filled out as follows:
[1] A write-in candidate for the general election may indicate a party or political designation by writing that party or political designation in the appropriate space on the “Declaration of Write-in Candidacy”. The candidate may indicate the name of a qualified party (Democratic, Green Independent, or Republican), or choose a political designation that meets the following requirements:
• May not exceed three words in length;
• May not incorporate the candidate’s name, or the designation or an abbreviation of the designation of a party that is qualified to nominate candidates by primary election; and
• May not consist of or comprise language that is obscene, contemptuous, profane or prejudicial, promotes abusive or unlawful activity or violates any other provision of Maine law with respect to names.
[2] The “Declaration of Write-In Candidacy” form and a consent form for each of the 4 electors named on the “Declaration” form must be submitted no later than October ?, 2016.
Bureau of Corporation, Elections and Commissions
Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State
101 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
[3] Two of the four electors must be from the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts respectively, the other two can be from anywhere in Maine.
[4] The Electors Consent forms must be notarized, and must be signed and dated by their municipal registrar/clerk certifying each elector's voter registration.
The candidate needs to submit a “Write-In Candidate Declaration Of Intent” form to the Bureau of Elections by September ?, 2016. This form must be accompanied by a document which lists the Vice-President’s name, and the names and addresses of 17 electors pledged to the Presidential candidate from the state of Michigan. The “Declaration of Intent” form must be notarized.
File all forms here:
Michigan Department of State Bureau of Elections
Post Office Box 20126
Lansing, Michigan 48901-0726
Phone: (517) 373-2540
Fax: (517) 373-0941
The candidate must file a WRITTEN REQUEST BY WRITE-IN CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICE on or before October ?, 2016.
The form requires the name at least one candidate for presidential elector, and the name of the vice-presidential candidate.
The total number of names of candidates for presidential elector on the form may not exceed the total number of electoral votes (10) to be cast by Minnesota in the presidential election.
Request the form from the Elections Division at: 651-215-1440 1-877-600-8683
Submit the form to:
Minnesota Secretary of State
Elections Division
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

The candidate will need to file a notarized
(which needs to include the Vice-President candidate’s name, and the names of 11 presidential electors in Missouri pledged to the candidate).
These two forms will need to be accompanied by 11 notarized “Declaration of Candidacy” forms for each of the Missouri electors. 9 of the electors must come one from each of Missouri’s 9 congressional districts, and 2 can be “at large”. The forms are available here:
Missouri Secretary of State Elections
State Information Center
P.O. Box 1767
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Write-in candidacy for President/Vice-President is not allowed, except for in the following circumstance:
It is permitted only for candidates who have been nominated by a party to replace a candidate whose name was already on the ballot, due to death or resignation of the first candidate. So voters can write-in the name of that replacement candidate for President or Vice-President, if this is the case.
The candidate will need to file the Declaration of Intent for Write in Candidates form no later than 5 p.m. on September ?, 2016. “You can cross out Montana on the form attached and write in your state, as well as make any other necessary adjustments for the fact that the notary is commissioned in your state.”
Alan Miller
Elections Specialist
Elections Bureau
Office of the Montana Secretary of State
(406) 444-5346
Elections and Government Services Division
P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801
North Carolina
An individual seeking to become a write-in candidate for President must file with the SBE:
1) a Declaration of Intent for Write in Candidates“declaration of intent”, and
2) a petition containing the signatures of 500 qualified voters of the State by noon on the 90th day before the general election – Monday, August 2016.
Verification by the chairman of the county board of elections shall be completed within two weeks from the date the petitions are presented.
* Before collecting of signatures begins, the candidate needs to file a “Petition Request Form” with the NC State Board of Elections.
-- The candidate will need to download and print out the “Write-in Petition” form to use for collecting petitions.
-- Each form contains blanks for 20 signatures.
-- The signers must be registered voters in North Carolina.
-- Write-in candidates need to collect 500 signatures. Everything is due by August 4th.
-- The petition forms are to be segregated by county. All signers on a particular petition form need to be residents of the county named on that form. When all the signatures are collected, the candidate or a representative will need to submit them to the appropriate county's board(s) of elections. These county boards of elections will verify the signatures on the forms within two weeks time, and then the petitions can be collected back from them. Then, all the verified petitions will need to be delivered to the state board of elections. Along with the candidate’s "Declaration of Intent", the 500 verified signatures on these petitions will complete the candidate’s application for write-in candidacy.
The state board of elections said that it is possible to mail in the petitions to the boards of elections, and have them mailed back, but most often they are brought in in person.
Instructions for the "Petition For Write-In Candidate In Partisan Elections" form:
1) There are three blanks at the top of each petition form which must be filled out. The first is to identify which county the signatures are being collected in. The second should say the candidate’s name. The third should say, "President of the United States".
2) The rest of the form is devoted to the petition signers, and is self-explanatory. It asks for each signer's name, residence address, city, town & zipcode, birth date, and signature.
The signers must be registered voters in the appropriate county.
North Dakota
Running as a Write-In Candidate in the General Election
A person who intends to be a write-in candidate for President of the United States at the November 2016 General Election shall file a sworn Certificate of Write-In Candidacy with the Secretary of State by 4:00 p.m. on October 2016.
The sworn Certificate of Write-In Candidacy must contain the complete address of the candidate and the names and complete addresses of the candidate’s 3 presidential electors. A sworn certificate of acceptance signed by the candidate’s presidential electors must accompany the Certificate of Write-In Candidacy.
The certificate of acceptance for each elector is included as part of the Certificate of Write-In Candidacy. If the presidential candidate has a vice-presidential running mate, the name and complete address of the running mate shall be contained on the Certificate of Write-In Candidacy as well. If there is no vice-presidential running mate, the certificate shall be appropriately marked. The sworn vice-presidential certificate of acceptance is also included as part of the Certificate of Write-In Candidacy.
NDCC Ch. 16.1-12-02.2
A Complete Filing Must Include
1. A Certificate of Write-In Candidacy President of the United States General Election SFN 18440
2. A Statement of Interests SFN 10172 or a like personal disclosure statement required by the Federal Election Commission for presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
The filing deadline with the Secretary of State is October 2016.
The candidate will need to fill out the “Write-In Affidavit” and turn it in no later than October 2016. The affidavit can be adjusted to the candidate's home state as indicated below. The form must be notarized. Mail to:
Nebraska Secretary of State
Elections Division
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608
“The below Nebraska Revised Statute outlines the requirements and deadlines to be a write in candidate in Nebraska. For the office of President, there are no filling fee requirements.
Neb. Rev. Stat. 32-615
Any candidate engaged in or pursuing a write-in campaign shall file a notarized affidavit of his or her intent together with the receipt for any filing fee with the filing officer as provided in section 32-608 no later than ten days prior to the election. 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 unless a vacancy on the ballot exists pursuant to section 32-625. A candidate who files a notarized affidavit shall be entitled to all write-in votes for the candidate even if only the last name of the candidate has been written if such last name is reasonably close to the proper spelling.
Katie Clark
Elections Division
Ph: 402-471-2555
New Hampshire
There are no procedures for a write-in candidate for President. They all get counted!
New Jersey
There is no form or procedure needed to qualify to be a write-in candidate for President. Any voter can write-in a candidate's name. Write-in votes will only be tabulated if there are enough of them to contest the election.
New Mexico
New Mexico does allow for write-in voting/candidacy for President.
Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind. (NRS 293.270)
New York
The candidate will need to submit a “certificate of candidacy” which may be drawn up by, and must be signed by the candidate. The “certificate” must contain the following:
• Name and address of presidential candidate
• Name and address of vice-presidential candidate
• Name and address of at least one elector
The certificate should be accompanied by, and make reference to the following:
• a signed “certificate of acceptance” from vice-presidential candidate – needs to be NOTARIZED
• a signed “certificate of acceptance” from at least one elector – needs to be NOTARIZED
Here are samples of the certificates of acceptance that may be used:
Sample “certificate of acceptance vice-president”
Sample “certificate of acceptance presidential elector” DUE OCTOBER 2016
Mail to:
ALBANY, NY 12207-2108
Joint Write-In Candidates for President / Vice-President
Joint write-in candidates must file with the Ohio secretary of state:
1. A properly completed Declaration of Intent for Write in Candidates (Form 13-A).
The declaration of intent must contain the names and signatures of both the candidate for president and the candidate for vice president.
(Please note: Only candidates who have filed declarations of intent are eligible to have votes counted in the general election.); and
2. A slate of presidential electors. Joint write-in candidates must file a list of names of 20 electors who will represent them in the Electoral College, should the candidates win the general election.
(R.C. 3513.257)
Filing Fee: None.
Ohio Secretary of State
Client Service Center
180 East Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215
Write-in candidacy for president is not allowed.
There are no requirements for write-in candidates for President in order to have votes counted. The candidate needs to fill out and turn in the Declaration of Intent for Write in Candidates“Write-In Candidate Acceptance” form by December 2016
The official election code refers to the fact that a voter who wishes to cast a vote for a write-in Presidential candidate must write-in the names of his/her 21 Presidential Electors on the ballot. However, according to a PA Bureau of Elections official, historically counties in PA have counted whatever is written in. If voters write in the actual candidate’s name, that write-in vote has been counted for the candidate.
The official said that the distinction between “presidential elector” and “presidential candidate” is allowed to be blurred. However, he said that he always advises write-in candidates to contact the various counties in PA to assure that all the votes written in for them are counted as such – for example, without that communication, some counties might not watch out for various spellings of a candidates name, and end up counting them as separate votes, etc. The official admitted that Pennsylvania’s system is archaic and not good.
He said that there should be some kind of pre-certification of write-in candidates like those that operate in other states, so that the county and state elections boards are all on the same page as to who the write-in candidates are, who to count votes for, etc. He said that if PA were to actually hold to the code which states that the 21 electors must be written in, and not the candidates name, it would be challenged, and the challenger would easily win the case.
Rhode Island
Rhode Island voters just write the candidate's name in. One would assume, however, that in the event the write-in candidate wins, he/she would need to have the 4 electors to place their votes in the electoral college. This would be the case in any state in which a write-in candidate for President wins the general election, whether or not the state required the candidate to have the electors beforehand or not
South Carolina
Write-in votes are not allowed in primary elections or the election of President or Vice-president. Declaration of Intent for Write in Candidates
South Dakota
Write-in votes are not allowed
The candidate needs to:
[1] Fill out the “Certificate of Write-In Candidacy”
[2] Submit along with the Certificate a list of 11 electors pledged to the candidate. The list has to include electors' names and addresses. 9 of the electors have to be one from each of Tennessee's 9 congressional districts, and 2 can be "at large". The filing window for this information is between August 22 - September 15.
The reason why the Tennessee State Election Commission does not make all of this information available on their website is because they consider this form of running for president a last resort for independent candidates who do not simply get themselves on the ballot by getting 275 signatures in Tennessee.
There is a process to obtaining the signatures, detailed below:
An independent presidential candidate must choose eleven (11) electors. For each of the nine congressional districts in Tennessee,
one (1) elector will be elected who is a resident of the congressional district.
Two (2) additional electors will be elected who may be residents of any part of the state. TCA §§2-15-101 and 2-15-102.
One nominating petition will be issued to the presidential candidate. The candidate must obtain the signatures and addresses of at least two hundred seventy-five (275) voters registered anywhere within the State of Tennessee. At the time of filing the nominating petition, the candidate must also file the names, addresses, and signatures of the vice-presidential candidate and the eleven electors who have agreed to represent the presidential candidate. Petitions may be obtained no more than 90 days before the qualifying deadline date (first date to obtain petition is May 23, 2008) from the office of the Coordinator of Elections. The filing deadline for petitions is 12:00 NOON, Central time, on the third Thursday in August (August 2016). TCA §2-5-101(a).
The original petition must be filed with the State Election Commission and a certified duplicate with the Coordinator of Elections. A certified duplicate is a photocopy of the original petition on which the candidate or the person making the copy writes “This is a true copy of the original” along with the candidate’s or copier’s signature. Both the original and certified copy shall be submitted to the following address:
Division of Elections
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.
9th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
The candidate needs to submit the following to the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State:
1) A Declaration of Write-In Candidacy NOTARIZED for the Presidential candidate.
2) A Declaration of Write-In Candidacy NOTARIZED for the Vice-Presidential candidate.
3) Fill out the “Consent Of Presidential Elector Candidate For Write-In Candidate” forms.
34 registered voters in Texas need to fill out this form.
The candidate’s Declaration of Write-In Candidacy is filed with the Secretary of State along with the Vice-Presidential candidate’s form and the 34 “Consent” forms. The declaration may not be filed earlier than July 27, 2008, or later than 5:00 p.m. of August 2016.
Elections Division
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, Texas 78711-2060
To become a valid write-in candidate for a state or federal office,an individual must file
a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election. The form for a write-in candidate for President is “2016 Declaration of Write-In Candidacy For The Office of President of the United States”.
Federal office candidates may file the declaration by mail or in person with the Lt. Governor's Office (Room E-325 East Building, State Capitol Complex). Write-in candidates must meet the qualifications required for the state or federal office they are seeking. Filing the Declaration of Write-In Candidacy means that write-in votes for the candidate will be counted. The candidate's name will not appear on the ballot.
There is no fee.
Instructions for write-in candidates living outside the state of Utah:
The presidential and vice-presidential candidates will need to fill out the Joint Declaration of Intent, which is due into the Virginia State Board of Elections no later than Saturday, October 2016. The form requires the listing of the names of 13 Presidential Electors. 11 of the electors must be one from each of the 11 Congressional Districts in Virginia. The other two can be “at large”. The form must be notarized.
State Board of Elections ATTN: Election Services Division 200 North Ninth Street, Suite 101 Richmond, VA 23219-3497
In Vermont, people can just write in the candidate's name, and the vote will be counted. Any necessary paperwork is only done in the event that the candidate gets enough votes in Vermont to win the state.
A person who desires to be a write-in candidate may file a notarized Declaration of Write-In Candidacy with the appropriate filing officer. The Declaration of Write-in Candidacy must be filed no later than the day before the election.
Candidates for the office of President and Vice President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, statewide office, state Senate, state Representative, the Court of Appeals and Superior Court are eligible for inclusion in the official state Voters’ Pamphlet published by the Office of the Secretary of State. Candidate statements and photographs should be submitted with the Declaration of Candidacy at the time of filing. Specific information regarding fees, space, photographs and statement specifications can be found on the Declaration of Candidacy. The Office of the Secretary of State also provides information through electronic media, including the internet. Information regarding electronic voter guides is made available to candidates at the time of filing.
Elections Division
Office of the Secretary of State
520 Union Avenue SE • PO Box 40229
Olympia, WA 98504-0229
Phone: (360) 902-4180 • Fax: (360) 664-4619
TDD/TTY: 1-800-422-8683
The candidate must file a list of 10 presidential electors and a “Declaration of Candidacy” in the following manner no later than October 21, 2008.
The list shall contain one presidential elector from each congressional district and 2 electors from the state at large and the names of the candidates for president and vice president for whom they intend to vote, if elected.See Note:
Because of the clause below, candidates do not actually need to file the list of electors to have votes counted.
Elections Division - Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
17 West Main Street, Suite 310
PO Box 2973
Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2973
Phone: 608-266-8005 FAX: 608-267-0500
Note: Compliance with this subsection may be waived by the board but only if the results of the general election indicate that a write-in candidate for the office of president is eligible to receive the electoral votes of this state except for noncompliance with this subsection. In such event, the write-in candidate shall have until 4:30 p.m. on the Friday following the general election to comply with the filing requirements of this subsection.
West Virginia
The candidate will need to submit a Write-in Candidate’s Certificate of Announcement to the Secretary of State by September 2016.
A Candidate Financial Disclosure Statement is due 10 days after you file your Write-in Candidate’s Certificate of Announcement. The names of all write-in candidates are posted at all appropriate precincts during early voting and on election day.
Instructions for the Candidate Financial Disclosure Statement
Secretary of State
Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305-0770
There is nothing that a candidate needs to do before the election to be qualified to receive write-in votes. Voters may write-in the candidate’s name in the general election. The statutes refer to an application for candidacy to have votes counted for you if you are a write-in candidate, but an election official said the following:
"There is no filing fee for president. We don't have an application as there has never been enough write-in votes for a president to fill out an application. If that would happen, we would prepare one immediately for use by the candidate."
Lori Klassen, CERA
Elections Officer
Wyoming Secretary of State
Phone# (307)777-7186
Fax# (307)777-7640
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