GA Voters Have A Few Write-In Options

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

Governor
David C. Byrne – 76 votes as write-in candidate in 2010 for Governor
Matthew Jamison
Chancey Andrell Porter

State School Superintendent
Billy Woods

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.”

10 comments

  1. Jon Lester says:

    I ran as a write-in candidate in 2012 against Paul Broun, even though I learned in the process that my votes wouldn’t have been counted because I didn’t register with the Secretary of State (which seems counter-intuitive), but all the same, I think I got 54 votes, and that’s decent for having only flyered a few places in west downtown Athens, and declaring a $20 cap on my total expenditures (which I was well within).

      • DonW says:

        anything to keep people off the ballots between that and the insane 5% of registered voters for 3rd party/IND candidates…

      • Jon Lester says:

        I had made up my mind before Boortz started pushing the Darwin thing. Of course I didn’t expect my little art project to actually win, but, seriously, my only real surprise was in learning which certain, nominally Democratic-leaning GA-10 editors and publishers seemed to prefer defending a fascist duopoly to acknowledging independent challenge, even in the complete absence of a Democratic candidate.

  2. George Chidi says:

    Chancey Porter may be less … insane … than he appears. It costs nothing to register as a write-in candidate, assuming you’re willing to file a pauper’s affidavit to waive the qualification fee.

    Once done, you’re immediately guaranteed to appear in hundreds of campaign websites as election day approaches. Each mention will be brief, but collectively it’s the darkest kind of search engine optimization kung fu. If you were, say, trying to bury mentions of an arrest on obstruction charges, I can think of worse ways to do it.

    Personally, I think this is the entire rationale for the candidacy of Rick “Frothy Substance” Santorum in 2012.

    • Lawton Sack says:

      Another PP writer dug a little deeper and found the arrest, but I personally stopped after trying to read through the campaign website. The website does throw you off a bit when you are looking at various candidate’s websites. It is a tad unique.

    • Jon Lester says:

      Well, I can’t speak for any other write-in candidates, but I made sure my own Quixotic insurgency was fun, at least, and something of an artistic expression.

  3. Ed says:

    “So, you are out of luck if you wanted to vote for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Ed…”

    And yet people who are not me will still vote for me.

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