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write in

1. verb To vote for a candidate not listed on the ballot by writing their name in a space provided. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "in." So many people wrote in Mrs. Daley for the position that she was nearly elected. He didn't win the primary, but a lot of people are saying they're going to write him in during the general election.
2. verb To add something to a document by writing it. It's OK if you've already printed it out—you can just write in the missing footnote at the bottom of the page.
3. verb To add something to a work of fiction, such as a story or script, often in order to satisfy some requirement. The studio wants us to write in a few more action scenes. Have you seen the new season? They wrote in a new sister character.
4. verb To send a message to an organization by mail or email. That's it for this week's show. Don't forget to write in and tell us about your favorite memories for our anniversary special. I wrote in to ask for a refund, and I actually got one.
5. noun A candidate not listed on the ballot who receives votes from voters who write the candidate's name in a space provided. He's not affiliated with any party, but he says he's trying to win as a write-in.
6. noun A vote for such a candidate. As a noun, the phrase is hyphenated. There were a lot of write-ins. Someone voted for Daffy Duck.
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write someone in (on something)

to write the name of someone in a special place on a ballot, indicating a vote for the person. (Done when the person's name is not already printed on the ballot.) Please write my name in on the ballot. I wrote in your name on the ballot.
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write in (to something) (for something)

to send a written request to something for something in particular. Please write in for a detailed recipe of all the dishes on today's program. I am going to write in for a clarification.
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write in

1. Cast a vote by inserting a name not listed on the ballot, as in He asked them to write in his name as a candidate. [c. 1930]
2. Insert in a text or document, as in Please don't write in your corrections on the printed pages, but list them separately. [Late 1300s]
3. Communicate with an organization by mail, as in Listeners are being asked to write in their requests. [1920s]
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write in

v.
1. To cast a vote by inserting some name not listed on a ballot: The members of the minority party wrote in their candidate's name on their ballots. Write me in for mayor in the next election!
2. To insert something in a text or document: I wrote in a disclaimer at the end of the article. You forgot to cite your sources for the paper, so I wrote them in for you.
3. To insert a character or scene into a narrative work: The editor insisted that the author write in a happy ending to the story. I revised the play and wrote some new characters in.
4. To communicate with some organization by mail: Please write in with a completed entry form.
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This year, 13 candidates are registered as write-ins.
Since a state may choose either to allow or to prohibit write-in votes, common sense might suggest that an in-between position of "permit but discourage" is equally constitutional: allow write-in votes, but discourage them by making them a bit more difficult to cast.
In District 47, incumbent and Republican attorney Kevin Ambler, (R-Tampa) defeated write-in candidate Ian Grossman with 100 percent of the vote.
Similar to the procedures of nominations from the floor and ballot write-ins, a member can be nominated without having major name-recognition among the membership, and may even get on the ballot primarily by self-selection.
While write-in nominations were few, they were interesting.
Now, not one but two county residents have filed at the last minute to be official write-in candidates for the post.
A candidate still has to register with the state board of elections before they can actually be considered a write-in candidate.
All persons who received the same votes as write-ins for Director, Seat 2 and Secretary/Treasurer of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Chapter have received information from SCNA about how to proceed if interested in being considered for election to these offices.
Not included in this total are semi-disenfranchised write-in Nader votersA in Texas (3,053), Georgia (1,091), Indiana (300), andA North Carolina, where13,942 total write-ins were not divided by candidate, except by chance forA 22 Nader voters in Rowan County, broken out in a local news report .
However, I once cast a write-in ballot for Dynasty's Joan Collins for Congress.
In addition to those crowded on the pages and pages of ballots, there are 26 more who have qualified as write-in candidates, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
If you think there may be a bad decision in your city's future, the referral process is another good reason to undervote, and not write-in.
org/rewriting-wikipedia/the-global-women-wikipedia-write-in/) Global Women Wikipedia Write-In ," a virtual event encouraging people to write and edit Wikipedia entries about women from around the world, in particular women of color.
The deadline to run as a write-in candidate is Tuesday.
That opens the door for Democrats or Republicans to win the IPO nomination by means of write-in campaigns.