- a candidate or vote for a candidate not listed on the printed ballot but written onto it by the voter: Write-ins may swing the election.
- of, relating to, or for such a candidate or vote or a ballot so marked: a write-in campaign.
Origin of write-in
First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for write-in
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First, he ran an unsuccessful campaign as a write-in against U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor—a Democrat.The GOP Candidate In Arizona Who Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez
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In the initial tally, Fleck had 3,398 votes, while a total of 3,700 votes were given to write-in candidates.
Fleck also noted that it was possible that he could have the Democratic nomination as a write-in as well.
Mike Fleck ran unopposed three times, but appears to have been beaten by a write-in candidate after coming out in 2012.