All the talk here on the site last week about a write-in campaign got me thinking (I know, don’t hurt yourself Single Gal): Could a write-in campaign really work for the election in November? Would it really be possible to write in a candidate (like Pandori) and hope that enough people who wasted their votes on Mulcahy would vote that way on Election Day? Call me crazy (which many of you have and will continue to do), but I really think it’s not as far-fetched as it seems.
I am not saying that there aren’t some issues to deal with. Pandori or any write–in candidate would have to convince voters to ignore the two names that are printed on their ballot or voting screen. Writing in a name on an absentee ballot doesn’t take a brain surgeon, but when it comes to the voting machines, voters would actually have to look for a write-in button to appear. Putting technology into the hands of the general public doesn’t bode well for the write-in candidate. For most people, the mere thought of having to ask someone for help at the polls would convince them to just choose Reed or Chavez simply because they are too embarrassed to ask how you actually write in something on a computerized screen.
But, Luddites and general idiots aside, what would stop a write-in candidate from winning here? Couldn’t they legally advertise on TV? Couldn’t they legally have signs up? I still see “Mulcahy for Mayor” signs up on lampposts and fences throughout the city, and I doubt he is being fined or punished for it. I also assume that a write-in candidate would have to garner signatures in order to qualify, but that shouldn’t be hard.
In doing a little research, I found that it is rare that anyone actually wins a write-in campaign, unless the candidates on the ballot die or are engulfed in scandal. (Hmmm, sounds familiar). But instead of thinking it wouldn’t work, let’s turn over a new leaf here at SanJoseInside.com—let’s all ask: WHY NOT?