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We got 3 votes in Knox County, Tennessee!  Presidential write-ins skyrocket in 2016; names serious and silly


Mr. Limbaugh …

We don’t require write-in candidates to notify us that they are mounting a write-in campaign here.  We just have new rules as to whether write-in votes will be counted or not counted at all in any particular contest.  If the write-in votes are counted for the office of President, then all write-in votes for live human beings will be counted.   If I may be of further assistance, please let me know.  Thank you and War Eagle!


Good Morning David,

Write-in votes are reported as a group in each race, combining votes for all write-ins. The write-in votes will be counted if the votes cast for all write-in candidates are the highest number of votes received by any candidate in the race or the second highest number of votes cast in the race by less than the percentage necessary for a recount at the state's cost.  AS 15.15.365, AS 15.20.450

You can find final write in votes results by going to our page Go to the Research drop box and choose the statistics option. You will then choose the Primary, General and statewide results drop box, and select the 2016 general election. You can choose Statewide Summary or you will find each of the 40 house districts to which you can also choose.

I hope this helps answer your question. If I can be further assistance, please let me know.

Thank you.

Stacy Stuart
Election Assistant
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Division of Elections, Director’s Office

Note: There was 9,201 Write-In Votes in Alaska - no way of knowing how many went to me.... (9,000 or so?  :-) )


Mr. Limbaugh,

Write-in vote totals will be made available at the time of the official canvass.  The official canvass, or formal certification of the general election results, will be signed on December 5 in accordance with state law.


Arkansas: Does Not Allow Write-In Candidates for President

California: Still waiting to hear back from them. 

Colorado: Electors requirement got us

​Mr. Limbaugh,

You never submitted the required documents to be a certified write-in candidate for president in Colorado; thus, you will not receive any votes. In Colorado, each presidential/vice-presidential candidacy must submit an electors form signed by nine registered Colorado voters who agree to be electors for the candidates.

Connecticut:Waiting to hear back from them.


​Good morning Mr. Limbaugh,

After the election, the write-in tapes go to the respective counties. They will be going to the Court of Canvass today to be tallied and certified. The results will be posted on our website early next week. You can view next week by clicking on the link below.


Florida: The electors requirement got us.


Good Afternoon,

In Georgia, only certified write-in candidates are allowed to have their write-in votes counted.  You can see the 2016 write-in vote numbers on our website at this link:


Kevin Rayburn
Assistant Elections Director and Deputy General Counsel

Hawaii: Does not allow presidential write-in candidates


We will not have write-in vote totals until the State Board of Canvassers meeting on November 23rd. Then the official results will be posted online at


None in Illinois:

Matt Dietrich
Public Information Officer
Illinois State Board of Elections

Indiana: Electors requirement got us.

I do not see your name on the list of approved write-in candidates (attached), and write-in votes cast for unapproved candidates in Indiana are not counted in the official total.  Also, many counties did not supply the full breakdown of write-in tallies, but will release them sometime next week when the results become official.


Good afternoon Mr. Limbaugh and thank you for contacting our office.  

 Iowa law canvasses and reports the votes of anyone receiving less than 5% of the total votes cast in an office collectively under the heading of “scattering”.   Upon review of the 2016 canvass materials I can inform you that there were not any write-in candidates that exceeded the 5% threshold to have their vote totals listed.  The only place that vote totals for your name would exist is in each of the 1682 Iowa precinct tally books.   The tally books reside in the county auditor’s office in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.   

Please let me know if you have additional questions. 


Dawn Williams
Director of Elections
Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate

Kansas:Waiting to hear back from them. 

Kentucky:The Electors requirement got us.

Louisiana:Does not allow presidential write-in candidates

Maine:  Electors requirement got us.

Mr. Limbaugh,

Thank you for contacting the Secretary of State’s Office.

In Maine, only votes for declared write-in candidates are counted, so unfortunately, we do not have a tally for the number of votes you might have received.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best Regards,

Massachusetts:Electors requirement got us


Thank you for contacting us. According to our records, you did not file electors with this office by the deadline to do so. Write-in votes for presidential candidates without electors will be tallied under “All Others.”

Elections Division

Michigan: Waiting to hear back from them.


Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

We don’t have a record of you submitting a request to have your write-in name counted in Minnesota for any office in 2016?  Therefore, your name would not have been counted and not a part of our state canvassing report/abstract of votes cast.

Stella Mary Hegg, MPA
State Program Administrator, Senior – Elections Division

Mississippi:I need to let know their information is incorrect,

Such that a write-in vote for the office of President in the state of Mississippi during this election cycle is invalid, the counties are not required to include the vote total for any write-in candidate in their certified election returns filed with our office on or before Friday, Nov. 18. 

You may certainly submit a public records request on the form attached hereto for your convenience seeking the information requested below.  Upon our receipt of your written request, we will provide to you, in the time provided by Mississippi law, the number of votes received, if any county should provide those numbers in their certified election results. 

Mississippi Write-In Statute


Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

You were not listed as a certified write-in candidate with our office, therefore, we have no write-in votes recorded for you. It is possible that some individuals may have written in your name, however, since you were not a valid candidate, these records would be kept only at the county level.

Montana:  (We got 0 votes but made their database)

Montana’s 2016 General Election state-certified write-in vote totals are available at

Alan Miller  |  Elections Specialist



Nebraska statute requires a write-in candidate to file an affidavit with our office in order to be an official candidate.  Of those people who file an affidavit, they would then need to get 5% of the vote for that office and impact the outcome of the election in order to have their votes reported separately.  There were not any write-in candidates for president that reached that threshold.  All write-in votes for president will be reported in our official canvass book in one column under the heading “Scattering, Write-In”. 
Here is a link to the 2012 Canvass Book.  If you go to page 8, you can see an example of how write-in votes were reported. 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Nevada:Waiting to hear back from them.

New Hampshire:

Write-in votes for president have not been tabulated yet.   When they are you can see them on our website  under “General Election Information and Results”

New Jersey:  I have to contact every county's election commission.

New Mexico:  They wrote me that the lack of electors got me.

New York: 

Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

We do not calculate individual write-in tallys at the state level.  You will have to contact each of the 62 Boards of Elections in the state to obtain the information you are seeking.

If you have additional questions, please let us know.

Sincerely yours,
Public Information Office
New York State Board of Election

North Carolina: Electors Requirement got us

Mr. Limbaugh, 

Only certified write-in candidates votes will be counted and canvassed. We have no record of you meeting certification via the petition process and by statute can only count and canvass certified write-in candidate’s votes.

Thank you,

North Dakota:

Mr. Limbaugh,

Below please find the un-official results for President of the United States in North Dakota. Write-ins received 6,358 votes, they would have had to receive at least 5% of the top vote getter to have the write-in votes broken down and counted. Because they did not receive at least 10,806 votes the total remains as a lump sum of 6,358 votes cast for write-ins.

Ohio: The Electors Requirement got us

Dear Mr. Limbaugh,

Thank you for contacting the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.  The deadline for write-in independent presidential candidates to file their paperwork with our office was August 29.  Only candidates who submitted valid paperwork were certified to the ballot and had their votes counted.  I am attaching a copy of the 2016 Presidential Guide for your reference.


Oklahoma: Does not allow write-in candidates for president


Good Morning,

At this point there were 67,291 write-in votes for President in Oregon.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Note: I emailed back to get how many were for us?  Waiting for a reply.

Update:  Good Morning,  Since the number of write-in candidates did not exceed the highest voter getting, Secretary Clinton, the write-in votes will not be tallied by individual.   If you have any questions please let me know,

Pennsylvania:Waiting to hear back from them.

Rhode Island: 

Good morning Mr. Limbaugh,

In response to your email, we reviewed our 2016 Presidential Election Write in’s and based on R.I.G.L. 17-22-7(d) your name does not appear as receiving more than 5 votes. R.I.G.L. 17-22-7(d) only requires us to record write in votes of any name receiving more than 5 votes. I have attached a list of Presidential Write in’s that met the 5 votes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Have a great day,
Enmanuel Hernandez
Rhode Island Board of Elections

South Carolina: Does not allow write-in candidates for president. 

South Dakota: Does not allow write-in candidates for president.


58 Total, 30 in Rutherford County.  

58 more than if we had not run.  Not being on the ballot may have hurt the campaign?

Texas:  Required Electors - Didn't know someone in every district in Texas

Dear Mr. Limbaugh,

It appears that you were not on the list of declared write-in candidates for President in Texas. You may view the list here: Only the individuals who filed a valid Declaration of Write-In Candidacy for President and 38 valid Elector Consent forms with our office before the August 22, 2016 filing deadline would appear on the list. A write-in vote for a candidate who did not appear on the list of declared write-in candidates for President would not be counted and, as a result, would not be part of the final tabulation.

We hope this will be helpful to you.


Utah:Where a friend of a friend had to hand-deliver our paperwork - we made it into their database. 

We got a big doughnut - Zero (0) 


Hi David.  The corporations division in our office sent me your question.

You can find the results of the 2016 election here .  That would be the best place to look for any write-in votes.

Let me know if you any questions.

JP Isabelle
Elections Administrator
Vermont Office of the Secretary of State

Virginia: They want me to email every county's election commission

Mr. Limbaugh,
Virginia Code Section 24.2-644(C) establishes the requirement for the Department of Elections to accumulate write in vote totals for President only for those individuals that filed the Joint Declaration of Intent to be a Write in Candidate for President and Vice President with the Department not less than 10 days before the date of the presidential election.  According to our records, you were not one of those that filed this form (see attached file). 
Therefore, you'll need to request your write in vote total from all of Virginia's 133 jurisdictions.  Mailing addresses and email addresses for Virginia's 133 jurisdictions are available on the Department's website (  The Virginia Freedom of Information Act only applies to Virginia residents.  If you are not a Virginia resident, please be patient with our localities in responding as they are conducting congressional primaries next Tuesday and the mid-term congressional elections in the fall.

Matthew Abell, Elections Administrator
Virginia Department of Elections


When a Washington voter votes for a write-in candidate, that vote is simply counted as a write-in vote. If there are more votes for write-in candidates than there are for the apparent top vote-getter in a race, those votes will then be tallied for individual candidates to see if any of them is the actual winner. Unless there are enough write-in votes to potentially alter the outcome of a race, we don’t split them up by candidate. This is why you see the total number of write-in votes, but not how many of them went to each candidate.

I hope this helps!

Washington, DC - waiting to here back

West Virginia:Where our name was on the wall of every voting precinct.

Mr. Limbaugh,
You received three votes in West Virginia.

Best regards,

SVRS Coordinator
West Virginia Secretary of State

Wisconsin: The elector hurdle got us there too.

Mr. Limbaugh,

The county canvasses are not complete.  However, since you did not register as a write-in candidate for the office of President in Wisconsin, your votes are not counted.


Write-in votes for candidates are considered and collated when they have potential to impact the outcome of the election.  Since there were only 6,896 total write-ins for president, even if all those write-ins were for the same person, it would be impossible to alter the outcome of that election and therefore were not collated for any presidential write-in candidate.  

Thanks for contacting our office..