MOUNT VERNON — No write-in candidates were filed with the Knox County Board of Elections for the November election, said Kim Horn, director.
The deadline was Aug. 23, for write-in candidates to file a declaration of intent with the KCBOE in order to be considered by voters come this November.
Horn explained no signatures are required to become a write-in candidate.
However, a write-in is responsible for making the public aware of his/her position as a candidate for the office he/she is running for. The write-in candidates name will not appear on the ballot.
“It’s up to the candidate to educate voters and put their name out there that they are a write-in candidate,” said Horn. “[Voters] can call into our office and ask if there are any write-ins, but the write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot nor will there be anything posted at the poll saying there are write-ins. It is up to the voter to ask if there are any write-in candidates.”
If voters wish to vote for a write-in candidate, they may write the name of the candidate in the area provided on the paper ballot or type in the name on the electronic ballot.
“In order for a vote to be counted it has to be somebody who has filed to be a write-in,” said Horn.
Two declarations of intent were filed with the state office, one for the governor’s race and the other for U.S. Senator.