So, about those “Write-In’s” I keep hearing about…

As most of you are aware, Georgia has the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country. Don’t believe me, ask anyone in the Libertarian Party of Georgia or Mary Norwood.

What most folks may not realize, this includes “write-in” candidates. Did you know you must be a “official and eligible” candidate to be a write in. I suppose counting up those Mikey Mouse votes got to be oh so tiresome. Seriously, write ins are kind of tricky legal water.  However, that’s not to say we don’t have candidates with the spheres to try it.

Up in the 11th Congressional District is a man running as a write-in against Phil Gingrey, his name is Jeff Anderson. While he’s not a “official” candidate he is encouraging folks to write his name in against Gingrey. I’ve spoken to Jeff on several occasions about his challenges both with party structure and legal. He’s a decent sort and heck he’s been willing to see this whole outsider candidate process through. Unlike some others, he’s not taken his toys and gone.

Since no Democrat qualified, it’s certainly an option for some might want to take advantage of.

Down in Clayton County, we have two women who rilly rilly want to work at the Gold Dome. For reasons that escape me, Gail Buckner has mounted a write campaign for House Rep in district 76. As you may recall she was elected as State Senator (44)  in 2008 after having given up her House seat of 8 terms to run for SOS in 2006. Having lost her bid again for SOS this July in the Democratic primary, she’s now challenging Democrat Mike Glanton.

To complicate matters, on the Senate side in the same general neck of the woods Carlotta Harrell is the write in candidate for SS44, Gail Buckers old seat. Got that?  I guess Gail realized she couldn’t run for her old Senate seat and a plan was hatched.


Feel free to write in all the folks you like if it makes you happy!  We’ve had at least two folks from this blog get votes-Page Gleason and Ed Hula. I was recently alerted that my name was written in once for 6th Congressional against Tom Price. I’d be thrilled to serve if elected!


10 Responses to T-4 Election Resources

  1. APNEditor says:

    Buckner is challenging Sandra Scott–not Glanton–for the State House seat. The incumbent, Mike Glanton, ran in the Primary for the State Senate seat vacated by Buckner and lost (Gail Davenport won the Primary for the State Senate seat).

    As for why, Carlotta Harrell, who ran for the State House seat vacated by Glanton, decided she was not satisfied with Davenport and wanted to run as a write-in for the State Senate seat.

    Subsequently, Buckner (who lost in a Primary Run-off for Secretary of State) was not satisfied with Scott–who she says helped Clayton schools lose their accreditation while on the School Board–and decided to run as a write-in for the State House seat.

    Another correction: Buckner was not precluded from running for the State Senate seat she had vacated. She could’ve run for that seat but Harrell had already decided to seek it. Harrell, on the other hand, was precluded from running for the State House seat as a write-in because she’d already sought the same seat in the Democratic Primary.

    Have a nice day, and remember, right now is a gift; that’s why they call it “the present.”

  2. JerryT says:

    I actually have a base.

  3. JMPrince says:

    Thanks for this Juliana, I’ve also received several ‘write in’ ballots, which I take as misplaced attempts at revenge on someone’s part. And I’ve written in Jeff Anderson for the Cong Dist. 11 race, ’cause I was not going to leave that blank. I’ve also encouraged our party members to do so as well. My main diet of texts (which I do not have service or pay for) come from JA however.

  4. Jen B. says:

    Also, I’m going to mount a write-in campaign for JULIANA ILLARI FOR CONGRESS! (6th)

    I’m tired of Tom Price and his shaved moustache.

    • Julianal says:

      Just so you know, I would hire Catherine as my Chief of Staff, my friend Sue McLaughlin as my Press Sec, Bernita as my Political Director, Jen B. as my Staff Counsel, Melanie would be Creative Director and Nikema would be my Legislative Director.

      Feel free to chime in on what roles you’d all like in the Illari Administration!

  5. indie_rock_elitist says:


  6. I too, have received votes.

  7. Jen B. says:

    For reasons that escape me, Gail Buckner has mounted a write campaign for House Rep in district 76.

    What. Is. This?