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Write-in candidates required to file campaign declaration

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:27:35 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 02 2013 02:04:34 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Municipal Election Day is just four days away.

This year's election is depending on mail-in ballots, and some Missoula voters are upset after learning the name they wrote down for a write-in candidate won't receive any votes.

We checked with the election office and learned that write-in candidates have to file a declaration of intent to run just like the candidates on the ballot.

The deadline is 10 days before the ballots become available.

If a voter writes down the name of someone who hasn't filed, that person won't receive any votes.

"Unless there is a declaration of intent, or no candidates have filed, those aren't looked at,” said Missoula Elections Administrator Vickie Zeier. “All you have is a grand total, you don't know how many would have been for John Smith, or how many would have been for Jane Doe.”

To confirm a write-in candidate, you can call the county elections office by dialing 258-4751.