US Dept of Justice Decides Not to Take a Position on Counting Write-in Votes

(excerpt from) Ballot Access News
U.S. Department of Justice Decides Not to Take a Position on Counting Write-in Votes

July 30th, 2010

On June 30, the U.S. Justice Department said that the Department has decided not to take a position in the pending lawsuit Libertarian Party v District of Columbia Board of Elections, now pending in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.  The case challenges the practice of the Board of Elections to not count votes for presidential candidates who are not on the ballot in November, but who do file a declaration of write-in candidacy…

The largest number of write-in votes ever cast in November for a presidential candidate was in California in 1976, when independent presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy polled 58,412 write-ins…

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