Originally Published October 29, 2016
By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger
Typically, here at Detroit Ginger, we try to remain impartial to people's choices for President, even though we've got strong convictions as to who we DON'T want. That being said, we're seeing many people share a photograph of a write in ballot displaying Sen. Bernie Sanders' name, and we want to set the record straight:
IF YOU WANT YOUR VOTE TO COUNT, WRITING IN BERNIE SANDERS WILL BE THROWING YOUR VOTE AWAY.
Don't get us wrong, we felt the Bern. He was a sweet man, and had a lot of grand ideas. Ideas that maybe America just wasn't ready for yet. But writing in Bernie's name on your ballot will not count in Michigan, as well as 33 other states.
Why, may you ask?
First off, if a candidate has not filled out the proper paperwork to be a write-in choice, the votes will not count. Senator Sanders did not - and put his backing behind Hillary Clinton.
Ballotpedia shares the following details:
"In 34 states, a write-in presidential candidate must file some paperwork in advance of an election. In nine states, write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. The remaining states do not require presidential write-in candidates to file special paperwork before the election."
For the states where the paperwork to register isn't needed - Oregon, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont (according to Bustle), Sen. Sanders can still be written in - but given how small of a margin that is - unless all of Bernie's supporters moved to those states and registered to vote before the deadline, that probably won't win him the election.
It would make a dent in voting - but in theory, would then lend more fuel to the Donald Trump Supporters, who'd be throwing all their weight behind him, while supporters who'd initially be throwing it to Hillary Clinton, would be throwing their weight to Sanders, who, as much as it pains to say, doesn't stand a chance.
Currently, the worst part of all of the "other" choices we'd have, Libertarian Ticket Runner Gary Johnson and Green Party Ticket Jill Stein don't even have enough media coverage - many of which are reading this are probably going "who?" Exactly my point.
The two parties might get enough of their supporters to vote for them, along with people who walk into the booth who go "anyone but Trump or Hillary," but like many things in this world, whether it be life, work, cliques, and art, it's another popularity contest - and the two names that are known are Trump and Clinton.
There's still some hope on some end for Senator Sanders, at a very large cost and immense danger, where Bernie could get counted, according to Seattle Weekly's write up on a coalition that's banded together in a Bernie or Bust campaign, hoping the following:
"If Sanders can win just a handful of states through a write-in, supporters argue, it’s possible that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump would get the electoral votes they need, and the country would be required to invoke the 12th Amendment and allow the House of Representatives to decide among the top three electoral college vote-getters. The Op Deny 270 folks believe that most Republican politicians detest both Clinton and Trump enough by now to opt, in that case, for Sanders."
Just note that this IS A LONG SHOT.
But the bottom line still remains, if you are a Michigan voter, or a voter that doesn't reside in those special states, your vote will not count toward Sen. Sanders, so please make your vote heard. If it becomes voting for the less of two evils, then so be it.
Or just become a pirate.
ADDITIONAL VOTING INFORMATION
If you need to find where your precinct is to vote, click here and put in your address to get your location. If you have not registered to vote yet, you're shit out of luck, because the deadline was October 11.
If you're still hell bent on not voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, be an informed voter and brush up on the other candidates and make an informed decision by researching the Libertarian Party and Green Party candidates below: