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Write-In Candidate Requirements
For All 2004 June Primary and November General Election Candidates

WHO IS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE?

A "write-in candidate" is a person:

  1. Whose name is not printed on the ballot; and
  2. Who otherwise fulfills the qualifications for the office designated; and
  3. Who receives one or more valid write-in votes for an office listed on a primary, general or special election ballot; and
  4. Who has filed a "Declaration of Write-in Candidacy" either before the election or no later than 3 business days after the election. Declaration forms are available from the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. Telephone: (207) 624-7650.
  5. Declaration of Write-In Candidacy Forms: click on the appropriate link below for the Declaration of Write-in Candidacy Form for either the Primary or the General Election.

    The Declaration of Write-in Candidacy forms are available in a "fillable" format through Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 to use them. Click here to download the free Acrobat Reader.

    June 8, 2004 Primary Election Form

    November 2, 2004 General Election Forms
    (These forms are not yet available.)


    ENROLLMENT QUALIFICATIONS OF A
    PRIMARY WRITE-IN CANDIDATE

    The candidate must be enrolled, on or before March 15, 2004, in the party in which the candidate is seeking a write-in nomination; and

    The candidate must meet the same qualifications as a candidate filing a petition for nomination by primary election under Title 21-A, Maine Law on Elections, §144.3 (by filing an application to change enrollment, if applicable, prior to January 1, 2004).
PARTY NAME OR DESIGNATION
OF A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE


For the Primary Election, the candidate must indicate which party's nomination the candidate is seeking by checking the appropriate box.

For the General Election, the candidate may indicate a party or political designation by writing that party or political designation in the appropriate space on the Declaration of Write-in Candidacy. The candidate may write in the name of a qualified party (Democratic, Green Independent, or Republican) or choose a political designation which may not exceed 3 words in length, and may not incorporate the candidate's name, or the designation or an abbreviation of the designation of a party that is qualified to nominate candidates by primary election, and may not consist of or comprise language that is obscene or violates any other provision of Maine law with respect to names. A candidate who intends to form a new party about that person's candidacy must use the proposed party's designation.

HOW DOES A VOTER CAST A WRITE-IN VOTE?

  • A voter must mark the write-in indicator (square, oval or arrow) as instructed on the ballot; AND

  • The voter must also write the name and municipality of residence in the blank space provided at the end of the list of candidates for that office; OR

  • For a Primary Election Only, the voter may paste a sticker on the ballot containing the name and municipality of residence of the write-in candidate. A sticker is an adhesive label, bearing the required information. Stickers used with automatic tabulating equipment should be prepared in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications for that equipment. Contact the Department of the Secretary of State for additional information.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF VOTES NEEDED

For a Primary Election: the number of valid write-in votes must be equal to at least twice the minimum number of signatures required on a primary petition for that office. If more than one person receives the minimum number of write-in votes for an office, the person receiving the greatest number of votes is nominated.

For a General Election: the person receiving the greatest number of votes is elected.


 
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