A write-in candidate is a person who seeks nomination to office after the official filing deadline for that office has passed. A write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot. However, once a Declaration of Intent form (PDF) is filed, a candidate may accumulate valid write-in votes.
In the event that a candidate appearing on the ballot dies or is disqualified on or after the Wednesday directly preceding the election the Declaration of Intent is waived. Under these circumstances, all write-in votes cast will be counted.
Become a Write-In Candidate
In order to become a valid write-in candidate, an individual must file a Declaration of Intent with the appropriate filling official by 4 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election.
Precinct Delegates (only): In order to become a valid write-in Precinct Delegate candidate, an individual must file a Declaration of Intent with the county clerk by 4 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election or at their precinct before the close of polls at 8 p.m on Election Day.
The Declaration of Intent form is available from the Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office.
Voting for a Write-In Candidate
To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write the name of that person in the blank space provided and darken the voting target box. Do not cast a write-in vote for a person whose name is already printed on the ballot for that office.