Monday, September 18, 2006

Accuvote How to: Write In / Sticker Instructions

Tomorrow is primary election day in Massachusetts and my local Senator neglected to file enough signatures to get on the ballot.


So we're going to vote her out of office.

The thing is, the ballot is blank and you need to either WRITE IN your candidate's name or PLACE A STICKER in the space provided.

The heading for this area on the ballot is:


You also have to fill in the oval next to your vote to have it counted. At least that's what I understand.

I went over to the League of Woman Voters website and watched the instructional video for the Accuvote system.

After writing in your candidate's name or placing a sticker on the ballot, the video says:

" can also indicate this selection by filling in the oval by the candidate's name."

Here's the excerpt:

All the campaign literature I have received at home says that I must fill in the oval to have my vote count.

I emailed the League of Woman Voters to let them know and then placed a call into the Secretary of State's office. They handle elections.

I got an answering machine telling me that the office is closed. Their hours are 8:45 - 5:00 PM no matter what is happening the next day. LIKE AN ELECTION!

I support Sonia Chang-Diaz, Democrat for SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT.

How to vote in a write-in election.

View the entire ballot here.

Other candidates I support:
Seantor - Edward M. Kennedy
Governor - Deval Patrick
Lt. Governor - Timothy Murray
Secretary of State - John Bonifaz
Clerk of Superior Court (Criminal) - Robert Dello Russo


  1. Anonymous11:17 AM

    I voted today, BEFORE I saw your post. It is a bit complicated. Good idea to let folks know how the heck to do all this sticker campaign stuff!

  2. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Good point about filling in the oval. Fortunately the sticker card I got from a Chang-Diaz supporter mentioned the oval at the bottom; otherwise I probably would have forgotten.