With all of the media frenzy and hype surrounding the November 8th presidential election focused on major party candidates, it might be easy to forget that you have other choices when it comes time to cast your vote.
There are over a dozen other candidates who have actually qualified to be considered this fall beyond the major party candidates. For president alone, Georgia has 17 write-in candidates including independent Evan McMullin of Utah and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. There’s also a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate, and many others have qualified for local races.
How do voters "write-in" a candidate?
In Georgia, it’s not as simple as writing down any name. Because it won’t count.
All qualified write-in candidates in Georgia have met a Sept. 6 deadline that required them to publish a classified ad notifying the public of their intent to run for public office, and then a Sept. 12 deadline to file paperwork and an affidavit with the state.
You can look up these candidates under the Elections tab on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov. Once you are on the Elections page, just look for “Candidate Info” near the top header and then select “Qualified Candidate Information” in the drop-down menu.
Also, at every polling place in the state of Georgia, voters can receive a full list of all qualified write-in upon request.
How many presidential candidates are on the Georgia ballot?
There are three presidential candidates on the Georgia ballot (or six, if you include the vice presidential candidates whose names also appear). The three choices of tickets are:
- Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence, representing the Republican party
- Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, representing the Democrat party
- Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, representing the Libertarian party
The fourth option is a write-in. As we mentioned before, to receive a list full list of all qualified write-in upon request just ask anyone working at your respective polling place.