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Secretary of State Issues Guidance on Straight Party and Write-In Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Voters who wish to vote straight party for all of the Democratic or Republican candidates on their ballot may do so by filling in the bubble next to their party preference at the top of their ballot.

If a voter wishes to vote for any candidate outside of the selected party, however, he or she may do so by filling in the bubble next to the preferred candidate’s name. In doing so, the candidate(s) voted on outside of the voter’s designated party ballot will receive the vote for that particular race.

In addition, if a voter wishes to write-in a candidate, he or she may do so by filling in the bubble next to the box marked “Write-in” and then printing the name of the preferred candidate on the designated line.

Write-in votes must be hand-written and not stamped or otherwise artificially applied to the ballot.

As a reminder, sample ballots can be found online for the November 3 General Election.

 

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