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jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 9:51 PM

IF YOU COULDN'T VOTE FOR EITHER OBAMA OR MCCAIN....

Whose name would you write in for President?

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 9:56 PM

Ross Perot?

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 10:07 PM

Joe Biden

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 10:19 PM

Why write in a candidate? Vote Libertarian or Green. I like the way the platforms are written for both the Libertarians and Greens, very clean and easy to understand. In contrast, both the Republican and Democratic platforms are a mishmash of ideas so completely conflicting that it is no wonder both parties are a mess.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.4 - Posts: 7561)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 10:23 PM

Hillary Clinton

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 10:29 PM

Sam Nunn

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.5 - Posts: 754)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 10:50 PM

Colin Powell

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 11:06 PM

Some bright person online probably knows this...

So, if there are only registered parties on your ballot - Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, etc.,
and let's say there's a big dissatisfaction amongst the electorate on the nominated candidates
and let's say a groundswell of 50 million voters decided to "write in" Joe Schmoe, what would happen?
The votes actually go to people in the electoral college who cast ballots (in the Dem and Rep case, it
would be Obama or McCain) What would happen to Joe Schmoe's 50 million votes?

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 11:18 PM

I could go along with Colin Powell. Or if Elizabeth Dole was ready and willing, I'd vote for her.

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Mon, 13th Oct '08 11:41 PM

Ron Paul

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 12:07 AM

Senator Hillary Clinton

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 12:49 AM

Tough choice...Warren Buffet or Jimmy Buffet? Warren would make my savings account happy, Jimmy would make me drink margaritas, eat cheeseburgers and live on a beach.

Never mind...Jimmy's got my vote.

Me.



kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 1:24 AM

Ron Paul

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 5:40 AM

I want to live on that island and drink margaritas and eat cheeseburgers also - I vote for Kelly - what can I say - I like her friggin' platform.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 5:58 AM

I'm still deciding. Between the nearly 200 million constitutionally eligible people, many of ourselves included, and the myriad dead, young, foreign, non-human and fictional I could cast a protest vote for, it's a challenge.

As for your question, Pep, I think it depends on the state. In at least some, as I recall, you need to write in the names of all the electors you want to sit on the College (poor you living in a big state), presumbaly people pledged to vote for your person of choice. In others, the name of the candidate might suffice.

So you think of 34 Texans who share your mindset, I'll think of 10 Marylanders, and we'll all go from there.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 5:59 AM

And no, as I recall it doesn't suffice to cast your ballot for "Electors of Justin Morton".

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.3 - Posts: 5487)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 7:30 AM

I'd write in Snoopy
Me

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 8:24 AM

Tuzilla

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:11 AM

Probably Ron Paul.

However, I don't know much more than the basics about him, but he appears to support smaller government, lower taxes, and less social programs.

Three things I really like.

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:17 AM

After a great deal of study and soul searching, I say "KELLY FOR PRESIDENT!!!"

She supports three things I really love.

Beer, Cheeseburgers, and living on a Beach

tsk9653
Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 2:53 PM

Interesting hypothetical about a write-in presidential candidate. I don't know if Kaufman is right or not about the necessity of writing in all the electors. At least in Michigan, the names of the electors pledged to Obama or McCain are not listed -- just the presidential candidates. Also, in Michigan, unless you file a document specifying that you are a declared write-in candidate -- the write-in votes are not counted. Thus your hypthetical candidate would need to let the Michigan Sec of State know that he/she was a write-in candidate, and would ascertain whether he/she had to identify electors.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 3:09 PM

Tony Blair without a hesitation.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 4:04 PM

I refuse to take the helm of any nation that would have me as President. Some time ago, I took a fairly lengthy test about a person's placement on the political spectrum and I finished closest to Colin Powell, but Sam Nunn also sounds good.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 6:15 PM

Tsk: In a sane world, "declared write-in candidate" would have to be one of the biggest oxymorons around. Sort of defeats the whole point.

Tuz: You wouldn't even take the presidency of Palau, or something?

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 6:16 PM

If I could write in and vote for absolutely anybody, I would write in "Wayne Brady." I think he is the most intelligent, creative human being I've ever seen.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 6:39 PM

Thanks for the votes Karen and Sis...we need to get the word out.

4 years ago I also promised a kegerator in every home. NOW THAT'S PROGRESS!!

Beer, beaches and burgers (cause after that who really cares about anything else)....Vote for Kelly!!

Me.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 6:46 PM

Wayne Brady would be great. And imagine if we could have Colin Mochrie as the PM of Canada ...

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 6:48 PM

I don't know how it will be now on computer, but in the previous years, on the Texas ballot, under several lists of declared candidates, there would be an empty line, simply stating "Write -in Candidate".

Now - I never cared if it were the oxymoronic "declared write-in" or not. I knew it was a throw-away vote, except to my own conscience. I just wanted to vote for whom I truly believed would be best.

yonux
Yonux  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 37)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 11:32 PM

Warren Buffett.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 11:34 PM

Ok, if it has to be the less fun Buffet, can we at least appoint Jimmy to be Chairman of the Parties and Beer Bongs Department?

Me.

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 1:38 AM

Steve Yzerman

joetheplumber
Joetheplumber  (Level: 1.3 - Posts: 14)
Fri, 17th Oct '08 6:32 PM

David Letterman for president! Is that funny or what? What a whacky president he would be. (My dog has fleas!)

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 2:02 PM

I'd vote for Warren Buffet for President and Bill Gates for VP
What a ticket that would be....entrepreneurs who know how
to make money grow and who actually care about people
as well !!!! What a combination....$$$$....

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 4:16 PM

Kelly for President!

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 5:35 PM

I'd love Dave for president (duh). But, seriously, Colin Powell would be great!
Leah

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 5:54 PM

Seriously.... VOTE FOR KELLY!!!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 18th Oct '08 6:13 PM

I can't vote for Bill Gates. He lifted his original technology off a dusty shelf at Xerox. I don't know that I could ever trust him. But he certainly could pay for his campaign - and easily put trojans on everybody's computer to make sure things go his way.......unless the voting machines run Windows - about 1 out of 10 times you'd get that blue screen of death.


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