If you do not want to vote for any of the names for a particular office on your upcoming ballot, there may be a write-in candidate available. Fourteen write-in candidates were certified by the Secretary of State’s office this year, including candidates for three statewide contests: U.S. Senate, Governor, and School Superintendent.
The SOS has also certified write-in candidates for U.S House for Districts 4 and 8, State Senate District 14, and State Representative Districts 21, 56, 102, and 106.
Any name written in other than those certified as a write-in candidate will be discarded. So, you are out of luck if you wanted to vote for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Ed, or None of the Above.
O.C.G.A. 21-2-133 provides the full text of the legalities of qualifying as a write-in candidate, but in a nutshell, for general elections:
- Write-in candidates can only run in the general election, not a primary
- They must file a notice of intention with the SOS to run as a write-in candidate no sooner than January 1 of the election year and no later than the Tuesday after the first Monday of September of the election year.
- A notice must be run in the applicable legal organ for the office
- An affidavit and a copy of the published notice must be filed with the SOS
The certified statewide candidates, including the few websites I could find on some of the candidates, are:
United States Senate
Brian Russell Brown – 12 votes as write-in candidate in 2010 for U.S. Senate
Anantha Reddy Muscu
Mary H. Schroder
David C. Byrne – 76 votes as write-in candidate in 2010 for Governor
Chancey Andrell Porter
State School Superintendent
One of the most interesting quotes that I found on a write-in candidate’s website can be found after the break.
A direct and unchanged quote from Gubernatorial candidate Chancey Andrell Porter’s website:
“JEHOVAH GOD CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER A Black envelope delivered by u.s.a mail arrived at MY JEHOVAH GODLY CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER HOME (10/8/2014) WITH MY CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER ADDRESS BUT WITH ANOTHER PERSON NAME ABOVE MY CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER ADDRESS-THE PERSON NAME THAT WAS WRITTEN ABOVE MY CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER ADDRESS I CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER DO NOT KNOW. I CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER WILL BE WRITING AN ARTICLE IN MY CHANCEY ANDRELL PORTER NEW MAGAZINE FAITH-POLITICS-RELIGION-SPORTS AND GOVERNMENTAL POLICY ABOUT RECEIVING UNKNOWN AND UNWANTED LITERATURE.”