Write-in Candidates Wouldn't have to be Counted

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mickey Mouse, Aaron Rodgers and other famous people and characters entered as write-in candidates for public office would not have to be counted any longer under a bill before the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current law requires every vote be counted for the candidate it was intended, even if it's Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. Election officials say that can be a time-consuming, laborious process.

The bill up for a Senate vote Tuesday would require in most cases that write-in candidates only be counted for registered candidates. If a certified candidate dies or withdraws before the election, all write-in votes would be counted.

The proposal received unanimous support in the Senate Elections Committee.


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