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Election 2012: How to Write In Your Candidate Names in San Francisco
by Robert B. Livingston (robert.b.livingston [at]
Monday Nov 5th, 2012 12:00 PM
How to insure that your independent write-in vote will be counted in this year's election.

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5 November 2012
San Francisco

Despite record numbers of registered voters and interest in the election to be held tomorrow-- facts about all official candidates and how to vote for them is still somewhat obscure.

For voters who wish to cast their vote for candidates other than the ones printed on the ballot in San Francisco-- they need to know that they are still limited to a few official write-in candidate names if their vote is to be counted.

This official list of write-in candidate names must be available at all polling places-- and voters have a right to ask for it if they cannot find it.

The official write-in candidate list for San Francisco can be found at the Department of Elections website at:

November 6, 2012 General Election

The actual .pdf of the list available there is:

Qualified Write-In List (PDF)

For the convenience of IndyBay readers I am uploading a copy of that .pdf available today at the above Department of Elections address. Please note that write-in candidates' political parties are not featured.

Here are helpful websites for the official write-in candidates:


Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza

Rocky Anderson and Luis Rodriguez

Stephen Durham and Christina Lopez

Virgil Goode and James Clymer

James Harris and Alyson Kennedy

Ron Paul and Andrew Napolitano

Samm Tittle and Matthew Allen Turner

Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer


Bud Ryerson


I support Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer of the Socialist Equality Party for President and Vice-President.
§Please Note that the above PDF preview is incomplete
by Robert B. Livingston (robert.b.livingston [at] Monday Nov 5th, 2012 12:08 PM
The PDF preview in the story above shows only the front page of the document.

One must download the .pdf to see both pages of it.

For convenience here is a screenshot of of the reverse, or second, page:

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You may have noticed that for the other "partisan" races such as U.S. Congress or the state legislature there AREN'T any write-in spaces on your ballot! That's because Prop. 14, which passed by a narrow margin in June, 2010, has now taken away the write-in space for these races! So if you're opposed to this (for example, if you DON'T want to vote for either Dianne Feinstein or the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate), you can go to the following website to protest this lack of choice (and to indicate whom you would have voted for, if anyone):

(By the way, Marsha Feinland of the Peace and Freedom Party was on the ballot for U.S. Senate in June of this year, but due to the way that Prop. 14 works, was not allowed to be on the ballot this November! Yup! -- only the "usual Dems and Repubs!").....