Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on October 19, 2011
Hawaii is tough. They don’t allow any write-in votes. You can obtain an absentee ballot by request, and the deadline for the general election is October 30th, but you still can’t write in a name. The only voting that goes on in Hawaii is by ballot. So if your name isn’t on the ballot, you’re not really a candidate there. That doesn’t just go for the presidential race, it goes for congressional elections as well.
If Hawaiians care about their votes counting, they should demand having their write-ins validated. Either that, or they have to hope the rest of the country did a good job choosing party candidates. Thank you, Americans Elect, for making a third party possible on the ballot!