Write-In Candidates

The Washtenaw County Clerk/Register’s office is closed through April 13, 2020.

Our offices will not be available in-person or by phone during this time.

Certain Clerk/Register services WILL CONTINUE at reduced capacity ONLINE and BY MAIL - PLEASE SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

During this closure, candidates may file for County, State Representative, and Precinct Delegate offices by sending their filing materials (including a notarized Affidavit of Identity and filing fee or petitions - if applicable) to this office by postal mail. For more information contact elections@washtenaw.org

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 their city or township 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 or place 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.