If there were enough write-in votes for either "Bugs Bunny" or "Mickey Mouse", would the Electoral College award them the votes?
- Tmess2Lv 71 month ago
As hinted at by the other answers, there are three type of states in the U.S. as far as write-ins are considered:
1) open write-in states -- In these states, all write-in votes count
2) limited write-in states -- In these states, write-in candidates have to pre-file their intent to seek the office before a write-in vote for that candidate counts
3) no write-in states -- In these states, there is no write-in line on the ballot and only votes for declared candidates count.
There are a handful of "open" write-in states. However, these states have only sixty-six electoral votes. And while they allow write-in votes, it is unclear if they would declare a fictional being to be the winner. And, as others have pointed out, there would then be an open question of how to choose the electors for that undeclared candidate (particularly when the candidate is not real and can't provide a list of possible electors after the election). Finally, in each state, there is a separate question of state law as to whether electors are bound to vote for the winner.
In short, while theoretically, it is possible that a fictional candidate could "win" the election in an open write-in state, those states lack enough votes to give such a candidate the majority in the electoral college. At most, since the list contains both red and blue states, it might result in no candidate getting 270 electoral votes and sending the election to the House of Representatives. I can't think of anybody who really wants that.
- Jeff DLv 71 month ago
Most states don't count write-in votes for a Presidential candidate unless the person has registered as a candidate. The reason is that Presidential candidates must supply a slate of electors who will cast that state's electoral votes (if that candidate wins the state's popular vote).
A vote for President is unique in that regard because you're actually voting for the candidate's electors (who don't appear on the ballot).
So most states won't count votes for Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse and in the few states that do, there won't be any electors designated for those candidates (so even if Bugs or Mickey "won", they'd still get no electoral votes).
- skeptikLv 71 month ago
There would have to be enough of them, concentrated in individual states, to win an entire state in order to get that state's EC votes.
Or at least to win an entire district in one of the two states that delegates their votes that way.
For example - in 2000, Ralph Nader got nearly 3 million popular votes. And zero Electoral votes.
@Dan - it isn't necessary to register in order to get votes.
- DanLv 51 month ago
No, because they didn't register. It seems you don't know how write-in works.