What is a Write-in Candidate?
A write-in candidate is a person who seeks nomination to office after the official filing deadline for that office has passed. A write-in candidate's name will not appear on the ballot. However, once a Declaration of Intent form is filed, a candidate may accumulate valid write-in votes. In order to become a valid write-in candidate, an individual must file a Declaration of Intent with the appropriate filling official by 4 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election.
In order to become a valid write-in Precinct Delegate candidate, an individual must file a Declaration of Intent by 4 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election with their city or township clerk or at their precinct before the close of polls at 8 p.m on election day.
In the event that a candidate appearing on the ballot dies or is disqualified on or after the Wednesday directly preceding the election the Declaration of Intent is waived. Under these circumstances, all write-in votes cast will be counted.
The Declaration of Intent form is available from the Washtenaw County Clerk's Office.