In New York, 32 seek White House through write-in candidacy
01 Nov

In New York, 32 seek White House through write-in candidacy

Like so many voters this year, Jason Mutford looked at the crop of presidential candidates and decided he couldn’t hold his nose and vote for any of them.

Jason Mutford of Albany, a teacher at Green Tech High Charter School, is an official write-in candidate for president in New York during the 2016 cycle. Mutford said he found himself unable to vote for any of the candidates on the ballot, and rather than stay home and not vote, he decided he would vote for himself. (Photo provided)
Jason Mutford of Albany, a teacher at Green Tech High Charter School, is an official write-in candidate for president in New York during the 2016 cycle. Mutford said he found himself unable to vote for any of the candidates on the ballot, and rather than stay home and not vote, he decided he would vote for himself. (Photo provided)
So the Green Tech High Charter School teacher did what democracy allows for: He tossed his hat in the ring.

“It wasn’t that I was going stay home and not vote,” the Albany man said in an interview. “So I put my name out there — I was going to vote for myself at least.”

Mutford is one of 32 official write-in candidates for president in New York on Nov. 8. He joins the likes of Zoltan Istvan Gyurko, the “transhumanist” candidate from California; J. J. Vogel-Walcutt, a Florida cognitive science researcher who planned a run in 2020 but seems spurred by Donald Trump’s candidacy to run now; and “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente, another Floridian and a Reform Party candidate whose name, at 22 characters, ties with Michael Frederick Ingbar as the longest of all of New York’s official write-in candidates.

If you’re planning to vote for any of these candidates, remember that spelling counts.

Some write-in hopefuls have campaign infrastructure and the endorsements of fringe third parties; others are ghosts in Google searches. Only one, conservative America’s Party candidate Tom Hoefling, has run in New York before (2012).

Thirteen of the designated write-in candidates are from New York. William Connolly, a 16-year-old from Greenville, Greene County, and Lynn Kahn of Schroon Lake, Essex County, join Mutford as the only upstaters.

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Source: http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/268879/in-new-york-32-seek-white-house-through-write-in-candidacy/

By Matthew Hamilton on November 1, 2016 at 10:58 AM

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