There are a few things that we learned from Bill Clinton during his presidency that are irrefutable. Most of them are not able to be discussed on a “family” blog. But one that we will discuss today is that there is one, and only one, definition of “is”. And if you choose to write in a candidate for Governor this year, your vote IS a wasted vote.
I bring this up because in catching up on some past comments, it appears there are quite a few people wanting to cast protest votes, most planning some sort of write in.
For those of us that remain without a candidate, there really are only three options on the ballot: Deal, Barnes, and Monds. While write in votes are allowed, they are not counted unless the person you write in is a qualified write in candidate. As far as your local registrar or the Secretary of State is concerned, they don’t exist. Write in candidates in Georgia must qualify in a set process well in advance of the election. That period has closed, and there are two official write in candidates: Neal Horsley (likes farm animals, doesn’t like Elton John) and David Byrne (???).
Thus, if your intention is to make a statement with a write in vote of anyone other than the two men above, it will be a silent one. No one will ever hear it.
Furthermore, if you’re assuming it counts toward total votes for purposes of whether or not there will be a runoff, it does not.
So, let’s just say there was a groundswell of support of folks that wanted to write my name in. Let’s just say….
And, to make numbers easy, let’s say Deal got 490,000 votes, Barnes 400,000, Monds 70,000, and 40,000 people understand that I would be the best person to run this state, can remember my name, and type it correctly.
Under this scenario, Deal has 49% of the votes cast (490K of 1MM). But, he would have 51% of the votes counted (490k of 960K). There would be no runoff.
Thus, let it be clear. If you intend on voting a “protest” vote, and want your vote to count, you better vote for one of the three men on the ballot, or the two who are qualified as write ins, depending on what it is you’re protesting.