PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Any registered voter can write-in any name in the presidential election, but it’s unlikely that name will actually be counted.
A Department of Elections official tells 10 On Your Side, in order to actually be considered as a write-in candidate, a candidate must register and file proper paperwork, called a joint-declaration of intent. So far, he estimates about a dozen people have done so.
So while you can write in your mom, or your favorite movie star, unless they’ve filed the paperwork in the Commonwealth, your vote for them will not count.
People wishing to fill out a joint-declaration of intent have until Friday to do so. After that, the Department of Elections will post the list of write-in candidates on its website.
10 On Your Side has also learned that unless write-in votes total at least 5 percent of the vote in your city or county, write-in votes are not counted out by candidate.
In the 2012 presidential election, write-in votes only totaled 0.3 percent of the votes cast in the Commonwealth.