Write-In Ballots Unusually Popular This Election DayPosted: Updated:
The bin contains all the write-in ballots cast in Jefferson County.
"We're ordering ballots and we're trying to forecast. What we can't forecast is how aggressively people are working on their write-in candidacies," said Jefferson County Board of Elections Commissioner Jude Seymour.
Write-in candidacies certainly brought people to vote in a number of races this year.
There were 410 write-ins for the highway superintendent in the town of Alexandria, 269 write-ins for the town of LeRay supervisor race and 189 write-in votes for the town of Theresa supervisor race. However, none those numbers were enough to win.
Seymour says a candidate's stance on local issues can influence voters to write down their name on Election Day.
Write-in candidate for Town of LeRay supervisor Leslie Black says she decided to run when there was a question of whether the town would plow Evans Mills' roads in the future.
"It was kind of just the last straw and so my neighbors approached me asked me if I would consider doing it," said Black.
In the town of Lyme, write-in votes do matter. There were two town council seats during this year's election. Incumbent Donald Bourquin kept his, but the other was open, which means a write-in candidate like Alan Jones could fill that."
Officials at the Jefferson County Board of Elections say they'll count write-in ballots next Wednesday.