The Monroe County Board of Elections recommends that all write in candidates provide either cards or self-inking stamps to voters with the candidate’s name clearly printed on (as registered). It is also recommended that the candidate ask the voter to print the name on the ballot exactly as it appears on the information card.
Once the primary/election is concluded, the Board of Elections must certify the results. For write-in candidates, the election law requires that the Board must compute and certify votes exactly as the names appear on the ballot.
As indicated above, the Board of Elections must certify votes cast on either the primary or general election ballot exactly as the names are written. For example, a candidate registered as John C. Lancaster, would have variations of his name such as, J. Lancaster, J.C. Lancaster, and Jon Lancaster listed as separate write in votes on the certification.
A candidate may petition to accumulate votes with similar names. This petition must be presented to the Monroe County Elections Office no later than five days after the completion of Final Count.
All write in candidates must abide by the Campaign Finance Reporting Law. If a write in candidate is in receipt of,
if spending, $250.00 or more for his/her campaign; the candidate must file Campaign Finance Statements and Reports in a timely manner. Please check with the Election Office, before you begin your campaign, for the proper forms, reports and filing dates. Also, you should be aware that all advertising and signage must clearly state who is paying for the advertising and signage.
Complete the Write-in Accumulation Form and return to:
Monroe County Voter Registration, One Quaker Plaza Room 105, Stroudsburg PA 18360