re: "Dan told me that the vote-counting machines wouldn't recognize the write-in vote because (the late Ron Rankin) isn't an official write-in candidate".
Did I read this correctly??? You mean to tell me that a person has to be an "official" write-in candidate to be a write in candidate. It was my understanding that I could vote for anyone as a write-in and be counted. Is not that my right as a citizen of the United States of America? I smell a story, Dave. I was thinking of writing in (HagaCorp knuckle-breaker) John Barlow as my choice for office. I am a little disappointed, a very little disappointed that my vote will be thown aside with that great chad pile in Florida.
DFO: Actually, the requirement enables ballot counters to get the job done more quickly (which we in the media appreciate). However, if the word I hear on the street is correct, an official write-in may emerge yet in one of the legislative races.