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Write-In

Voters must write in the name and register the vote by making a mark in the ballot in the appropriate space selecting the write-in option. Otherwise, the vote will likely not be counted.

A write-in candidate for president must have each of the presidential electors file a declaration of write-in candidacy with the secretary of state no later than 14 days before the election.

(California Elections Code Ann. §§ 338,5001, 5100, 6901,7100, 7110, 7300, 7578, 7843, 8303, 8304, 8400, 8403(a)(2), 8451, 8550, 8650, 8651, 8652, 8653)

The Laws

Any group of individuals, equal in number to the number of presidential electors to which this state is entitled, who desire to be write-in candidates for presidential electors pledged to a particular candidate for President and Vice President of the United States shall file a declaration of write-in candidacy.

References: Write-in candidates, California

More Information


All the answers to your questions about the CA presidential electors and early voting are here.

From the California Secretary of State

November 8, 2016, General Election Presidential Write-In Elector List for the State of California Page 4