ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – This year voters are choosing between two of the most unpopular presidential candidates ever. It has some people talking about writing in a candidate, to use their vote as a protest. But doing that isn’t allowed in New Mexico.
Turns out, New Mexico is one of only nine states that don’t allow voters to write-in presidential candidates and that’s been the rule here for as long as anyone can remember.
What makes our state especially unusual is write-in campaigns are allowed for other races, just not for president.
A big part of former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s pitch to voters has been for them to pick him as a protest against the two major parties.
Voting for none of the above is an option in a few states, like Nevada. Four years ago, almost 6,000 voters there chose that option for president.
In New York where write-ins are allowed, voters in 2008 cast ballots for Vladimir Putin, Oprah, Teddy Roosevelt and one person even voted for their own cat Ginger just to name a few.