[ rahyt-in ]
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  1. 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.

  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for write in

write in

  1. to insert in (a document, form, etc) in writing

  2. (adverb) to write a letter to a company, institution, etc

  1. (adverb) US

    • to vote for (a person not on a ballot) by writing in his name

    • to cast (a vote) for such a person by writing in his name

nounwrite-in US
  1. the act of voting for a person by writing his name on a ballot

  2. a candidate or vote that has been written in

  1. (as modifier): a write-in campaign

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Other Idioms and Phrases with write-in


Cast a vote by inserting a name not listed on the ballot, as in He asked them to write in his name as a candidate. [c. 1930]

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