How to vote for a write-in candidate in Georgia

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Channel 2's Berndt Petersen went to the main elections office in Cobb County, where voters waited up to three hours in line Wednesday.

With all the hubbub of the Nov. 6  election focused on major party candidates, it might be easy to forget you have other options when it comes time to cast your ballot.

More than a dozen other candidates have actually qualified to be considered this fall beyond those you see on the touch screen of your voting machine. For governor alone, Georgia has 4 write-in candidates.

How do voters ‘write-in’ a candidate?

In Georgia, it’s not as simple as writing down Daffy Duck. Because it won’t count.

All qualified write-in candidates in Georgia have met a Sept. 4 deadline that required them to publish a classified ad notifying the public of their intent to run for public office, and then a Sept. 10 deadline to file paperwork and an affidavit with the state.

You can look up these candidates under the Elections tab on the Georgia Secretary of State's website ( Once you are on the Elections page, just look for "candidate info" near the top header and then select "qualified candidate information" in the drop-down menu.

A full list of qualified write-in candidates is also available at every polling place on request.

How many governor’s candidates are on the Georgia ballot?

There are three, not including the four write-ins. The Democratic candidate is Stacey Abrams, the Republican candidate is Brian Kemp and the Libertarian candidate is Ted Metz. The four write-ins are David C. Byrne, Rod Mack, Bobby Waldrep and Bobby Williams.

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