what constitutes a valid write-in vote?
Just a quick note.
I’ve been asked to verify exactly how much of my name must be written down for a write-in vote to count.
The answer is…only my last name: BORER —> along with filling in the oval next to it, of course:
Here are two statutes that speak to the issue (click on the hyperlink to go directly to the Legislature’s website):
(1) Nebraska Revised Statute 32-1005
Write-in vote; when valid.
If the last name or a reasonably close spelling of the last name of a person engaged in or pursuing a write-in campaign pursuant to section 32-615 or 32-633 is written or printed on a line provided for that purpose and the square or oval opposite such line has been marked with a cross or other clear, intelligible mark, the vote shall be valid and the ballot shall be counted. A write-in vote for a person who is not engaged in or pursuing a write-in campaign pursuant to section 32-615 or 32-633 shall not be counted.
(2) Nebraska Revised Statute 32-615
Write-in candidate; requirements.
(5) A candidate who files a notarized affidavit shall be entitled to all write-in votes for the candidate even if only the last name of the candidate has been written if such last name is reasonably close to the proper spelling.
This statute verifies that a write-in vote must be manually counted (the machines cannot read a write-in vote):
Nebraska Revised Statute 32-901
Ballots; voting procedure
To vote for a candidate or on a ballot question using a paper ballot that is to be manually counted, the registered voter shall make a cross or other clear, discernible mark in the square opposite the name of every candidate, including write-in candidates, for whom he or she desires to vote and, in the case of a ballot question, opposite the answer he or she wishes to give. Making a cross or other clear, discernible mark in the square constitutes a valid vote.
If you’d like to help build an audit into our write-in vote campaign, we invite you to take a few more steps. Read here.
P.S. I found (and fixed) a couple typos in yesterday’s letter. See here.