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 Write-In Candidates

For Write-In Candidates
WV Code 3-6-4a

                      Guide to Write-in Filing & Voting Procedures        

If you decide to run a write-in campaign for election to any office, you must be an official write-in candidate.  Only votes for official write-in candidates will be counted.

What is an Official Write-In Candidate?

  • Any eligible person who seeks to be elected by write-in votes to an office (except delegate to the national convention) which is to be filled in a primary, general or special election and submits a Write-In Candidate's Certificate of Announcement to the proper filing officer is considered an official Write-In candidate. 
  • Note: Only those office elected in the primary (Board of Education and Conservation District Supervisor) may be write-in candidates in a primary election

How Do I File as a Write-In?

  • The write-in candidate's completed certificate of announcement must be received (not postmarked) by the proper filing deadline.
  • The certificate of announcement must be received by the same filing officer where other candidates for that office would file.
  • A write-in candidate is not required to pay a filing fee. 

How Will My Name Appear?

  • Per WV Code, official write-in candidate names are not printed on the ballot.
  • The names of all official write-in candidates are posted at all appropriate precincts during early voting and on Election Day.