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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.
See also: write

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.
See also: write

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.
See also: write

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.
See also: write
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Bottom Line: For Texas Republicans who want to vote for someone other than Trump, there are three other presidential candidates on the ballot and 13 other registered write-in candidates.
Perry has still not announced an official bid to seek the 2012 GOP nomination for president, but had the backing of 14 percent of attendees as a write-in candidate.
Supposing that the reasons the Court laid out in Burdick justify a regime of no write-ins at all, one would think those same reasons could also justify more modest measures aimed at pushing voters to "focus" on the listed candidates.
According to election results, four out of six attorneys running in Senate races were successful, although one of those was running against a write-in candidate who received no votes.
The unfortunate response from party higher-ups has been to grease the skids for Buckley, first by getting Craig to bow out from the race and then by arranging a last-minute vote before balloting for chairman is held, suspending the ban on write-ins for this one election and, as widely expected, allowing Buckley to be elected chairman.
The two million write-ins, spanning the political spectrum, Common Cause reminds us on its blog, stopped the FCC from enacting rules that would have made it possible for one company "to own the local newspaper, up to three local TV stations, up to eight radio stations, and the local cable system in one media market.
Once upon a time, maybe as late as 1992, when you dallied with a "none of the above" campaign and got 2 percent of the vote in New Hampshire from write-ins in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, your appeal stretched across the political spectrum.
Ballot write-ins can be regarded as more of a membership right than a candidate selection procedure.
The cleaning category had more write-ins than any other -- with P&G's Swiffer the big brand winner and wipes the category winner.
From a field of 21 national tree candidates and additional write-ins, oak received more than 100,000 votes.
Write-ins are approached by townsfolk before election day and asked if they would take a position if enough people wrote their names on ballots.
There were two write-ins mentioned enough times to make us take note.
The phone-ins and write-ins give these people a platform and they are putting pressure on everyone - directors, managers and players.
In utter hand-wringing dismay, it could even suggest write-ins or a fringe candidate.