Originally posted by Shoonra
An important fact:
Most states (maybe all) have adopted a rule that they will not count write-in votes for a candidate for public office UNLESS somebody (not necessary that candidate himself) pays the Election Board a fee (I have heard mention of $250 in one jurisdiction) in advance of Election Day to have that particular candidate's write-ins for a particular office counted. Without such payment, all write-in votes for anyone will be ignore. If one candidate is paid for and another is not, the paid-for candidate's write-ins will be counted and he might be declared the winner -- even if another write-in candidate who was NOT paid for got more votes that nobody counted.
This s one reason they no longer bother to tell you how many people voted for Mickey Mouse for President. (If someone paid to have Mickey Mouse's votes counted, then they'd tell you.)