RE: POL: US Presidential Election

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Fri Nov 17 2000 - 22:42:45 MST

Damien Broderick wrote,
> Isn't that what the `write-in option' does? (We don't have that in Oz, and
> from what I see the polling officials appear to ignore write-in votes in
> the States anyway.) Can you enter your own name, e.g.?

You can write in any name. The bizarre thing I have learned is that they do
indeed ignore these votes. A side-effect of not doing hand counts is that
no one even looks at the write-in votes. Even if they say Gore or Bush,
they are not counted. It is assumed that there is no chance that the
write-ins are going to amount to anything, that they are ignored by the

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