questionshow do you vote in races where candidates run…

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Ironically, Mickey Mouse has won 33% of all candidates running unopposed for elected office.

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Either vote or abstain. There's no reason you can't at least cast your vote. Might give hope next time around to a hopeful candidate.

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A family friend got the local pub at a small town to all vote for his dog. Apparently it worked, other than the dog being an ineligible candidate.

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I usually write myself in. It makes me chuckle.

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In South Florida, if someone runs unopposed, he/she has won. There is no write-in option. I haven't voted for my congressman in 20 years. The gerrymander is in.

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@olperfesser: Ditto that in Illinois. On the ballot yesterday, anyone running unopposed was the only one you could vote for. No space for write-ins.

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I did my first write-in yesterday in an unopposed local race (voted for the candidate who lost the primary). Didn't affect the outcome, of course, but it made me feel better.

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If it is someone I agree with, I vote for them. If not, I don't vote. There's no write-in option. But I think it's still important to make a considered choice to vote or not to vote, as the number of votes received by an unopposed candidate is a kind of report card, and also gives the party that isn't running a candidate some idea of whether they should be competing in that race in the future or not. For example, we have a lot of very well-liked and respected judges from both parties, and they run unopposed every year and people are happy with that. But we have some other offices that run unopposed because the candidate has some kind of lock on it, usually financial, and people would like to have a choice in those elections.

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I like to leave it blank.
It sends a message: blah blah ran unopposed and won with only 24% of votes....what?

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