It’s Election Day, which means it’s time for the civic-minded among us to go to the polls and cast votes for candidates on the ballot.
Or … not on the ballot.
For voters who just aren’t feeling any of the candidates, there’s always the option to write in a different name.
When it comes to federal and state offices, though, if you want your vote to count, that name has to be a registered write-in candidate who bothered to file a request with the Minnesota Secretary of State to have your votes counted. Here’s a list from the office. It’s all very official:
For write-ins at the county level, candidates have to file a request to have votes counted with the county. Write-in candidates for statutory city, township and school district seats don’t have to register to have votes count, but charter city offices may have to file, depending on the locality.
The deadline to file was seven days before the election: Tuesday, October 30th.
So without further ado, we present to you all the valid write-in candidates for Minnesota governor and lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, Minnesota attorney general, U.S. Congress, Minnesota Secretary of state and Minnesota House.
Governor and Lieutenant Governor:
- Brian Long and Sarah Baalsm
- David Jon Marcaccini and Jon Marcaccini
- Dennis S. Ferche and Tim Scheel
- Olé Savior and Chris Edman
- Ralph Allen Gilbertson and Tim Eason
- Jeremiah Liend and Keith Johnson
U.S. Senate — Class 1:
- Stephen A. Emery
- Steve Carlson
- Tim Meier
U.S. Senate — Class 2:
- Kevin Hartnett O’Connor
- Mike Kuitu
- Stephen A. Emery
- Tim Nelson
- Bennett Martin Sukalski
- Thomas Foley
And the rest:
- Minnesota Congressional District 5: Les Lester
- Minnesota Congressional District 6: A.J. Kern
- Minnesota secretary of state: Raul Estrada
- Minnesota House District 22A: Brian Abrahamson
- Minnesota House District 64A : Jerry L. Clendenin
- Minnesota House District 67A: Luz Lopez
Really want to vote write-in but having trouble deciding who to vote for? The form below will automatically generate a slate of statewide write-in candidates — press the button to get a new one.