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Santa Claus Among Idaho Write-Ins

Mr. Claus is on the list of write-ins who have field a declaration of intent. Votes cast for old St. Nick will be counted, along with those for 33 others who've filed with the Secretary of State's office. Claus lives in Incline Village, Nev., home of Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Other notables include Roseanne Barr of Kamuela, Hawaii; Rev. Merepeace-Msmere of Boise; Gerald Warner of Moscow; Chance White of Pocatello; and Texas inmate Keith Judd, who got 40 percent of the vote against President Obama in the West Virginia primary. For a write-in vote to be counted, the candidate's name must be written in the spot for the presidential race and must not be accompanied by a vote for any of those listed on the ballot/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Have you ever voted for a write-in on an election ballot? Who? Which race?

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Nelson, Hart Survive Write-In Tests

Longtime County Clerk Dan English fell — heavily — to his Republican opponent, former Post Falls Police Chief Cliff Hayes. Democrat Jody DeLuca Hissong, who has served as deputy coroner for 27 years, was blitzed by Republican Deb Wilkey. Another race that was assured a Republican winner failed to produce the tension some anticipated. Primary County Commission winner Jai Nelson had no trouble defeating fellow Republican and write-in candidate Rick Currie. The other write-in race was also a yawner: state Rep. Phil Hart easily beat fellow Republican Howard Griffiths/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here. Final numbers in contested Kootenai County courthouse races here. Final numbers in Kootenai County legislative races here.

  • For the record, Tom Taggart guessed closest to final percentages that the write-ins would win. Tom said 25% for Howard Griffiths, 20% for Rick Currie. Griffiths & Currie won 25% & 18% of the vote, respectively.

Question: Does Phil Hart’s easy victory over a write-in candidate mean that voters don’t care about his tax/timber problems?

How Many Currie, Griffiths Write-Ins?

I believe that Rick Currie and Howard Griffiths would win election today, if their names were on the ballot. But their names aren’t on the ballots. So I doubt that an upset is possible. Here at Huckleberries Online, we’re clued into the nuances of these races. But a lot of individuals simply haven’t paid attention to the election until this last weekend (if even then). Before the votes are counted tonight, I’d like to get you on record by posing this question:

Question: What percentage of the votes with write-ins Rick Currie (vs. Jai Nelson) and Howard Griffiths (vs. Phil Hart) win?

Write-Ins To Delay Vote Count

Item: Write can go wrong election night: Ballot counting expected to spill into early hours of Wednesday morning/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: “I hate to say but we are really in uncharted territory,” County Clerk Dan English said Wednesday. “I know it [counting ballots] will be very lengthy and I expect into the early hours on Wednesday because the counting machines will stop each time there is a write-in ballot. That ballot will be removed to a write-in board of two people who will verify if it is a valid write-in.”

Question: Do you plan to vote for a write-in this year?

Ward Questions Write-in Disclosures

Item: List of write-in names not OK: Residents: County elections workers not following rules/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: County Clerk Dan English verified early Wednesday afternoon that polling stations have been offering a single list of write-in candidates for voters to peruse briefly, only if they requested it first and then returned it before voting.

Question: Should voters be allowed to see a list of official write-in names at the polls if they request one?

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