Voters not allowed to write-in Presidential candidates in New Mexico

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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