Official Write-In Candidate

January 28, 2008
Press Release

To be eligible as a write-in candidate in Illinois, a person must file paperwork with the county clerk, or election authority, in each jurisdiction where their name will appear on the ballot.

Any write-in votes cast for ineligible write-in candidates will not be counted, in accordance with state law.

In suburban Cook County, write-in candidates had to submit a Write-in Candidate Declaration of Intent form at the Cook County Clerk’s downtown Chicago office (69 W. Washington St., Room 500. The original form must be filed no later than 5 pm on Thursday December 6, 2007.

The Clerk’s office will provide a list of eligible write-in candidates to each precinct on Election Day. This list enables election judges to determine which write-in candidates are running in their precinct. Only votes for eligible write-in candidates are counted.

Voters can vote for a write-in candidate on an optical scan ballot or a touch-screen machine.