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Mike Pence write-in votes would not count in Florida

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As big name Republicans have rescinded their support for Donald Trump amid the vulgar comments uncovered by the Washington Post it has been a common refrain for many to say they will now write-in Mike Pence on their ballots.

But doing so in Florida will be the same as voting for no one. That is because in Florida, writing in the name of a candidate who is not a qualified write-in candidate, results in the vote not being tallied.

Ballots with Pence written in simply would not be tallied, said Gerri Kramer, director of communications for Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections.

"That vote would not be tabulated," Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said.

It doesn't apply just to Pence either. Voters could write in Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Mickey Mouse or their mother, and Supervisors of Elections will simply not tally those vote.

Only six people are qualified in Florida to have their names written in. Those candidates are: Andrew Basiago, Richard Duncan, Cherunda Fox, Zoltan Istvan Gyurko, Laurence Kotlikoff and Anthony Joseph Valdivia.

In the hours after Trump's comments became national news, Sens Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, both declared they would write in Pence's name instead of voting for Trump.

[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2016 10:45am]


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