The write-in on the wall: All of Minnesota’s 2018 valid write-in candidates

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A write-in vote for Jessie Diggins for U.S. Senate technically wouldn't be counted, because she's not a registered write-in candidate.

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:

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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.

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

Attorney general:

  • 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.

Minnesota random write-in statewide slate generator
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
Attorney general:
Bennett Martin Sukalski
Thomas Foley
Senate:
Stephen A. Emery
Steve Carlson
Tim Meier
Senate special election:
Kevin Hartnett O'Connor
Mike Kuitu
Stephen A. Emery
Tim Nelson
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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by David Schimpf on 11/06/2018 - 10:50 am.

    It would be an improvement if the ballot line would read “registered write-in, if any”.

  2. Submitted by Pat Berg on 11/06/2018 - 11:09 am.

    Someone was having fun! (“Minnesota random write-in statewide slate generator”)

    On a more serious note, in the Comments section of one of Bob Collins Newscut columns on why people don’t vote, one commenter said it was because there are public records on voter data, and this person couldn’t have this information be made public. Another commenter then described a program available through the Secretary of State’s office called “Safe at Home” that would allow this person to vote and keep their information private:

    https://www.sos.state.mn.us/safe-at-home/about-safe-at-home/

    I think this would make a good subject for a MinnPost article. In general, it just seems like this is a program that more people should know about.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 11/06/2018 - 11:30 am.

      Oops! Should have clarified that that’s Bob Collins Newscut column on mpr.org. Sorry for the omission of proper credit!

  3. Submitted by Jack Lint on 11/06/2018 - 01:15 pm.

    What happens if Stephen A. Emery were to win both U.S. Senate spots?

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