When running for local office, the deadline to make such decisions can be easily missed, falling shortly after the holidays.

If you feel like you missed your opportunity, you actually have not. People often talk about “write-ins” for elected seats, but just how does that work?

To be a registered write-in candidate for an election, all local office candidates must file a Campaign Registration Statement (form CF-1) with the City Clerk by 12:00 p.m. (noon) the Friday before the election. That means this year; Friday, April 3rd would be the day that paperwork would need to be submitted by. Paperwork can be found online at https://ethics.wi.gov/Resources/CF-1_Registration_Statement.pdf

According to information from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) regarding write-in candidates, the deadline to register as a write-in candidate for the school board election is also Noon on Friday, April 3rd. Only votes for registered write-in candidates will be counted by the Board of Canvassers, unless a candidate should pass away before the election, then any write-ins will be counted regardless of whether they are registered or not.

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