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The Ins and Outs of Write-Ins

It's tough for such candidates to get on the ballot in many states and impossible in several. Voters, too, can be confounded by the option

By Burt Helm

Couldn't make up your mind for John Kerry or George Bush? Ralph Nader not your bag? Then the only way you can pick the candidate you want is to write him or her in. Many states make such an effort for Presidential races difficult -- and six states ban White House write-in votes altogether.