PARTY WRITE-IN CANDIDATE INFORMATION
WRITE-IN CANDIDATES – PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
The Berks County Board of Elections recommends that all write-in candidates provide either cards or self inking stamps to voters with the candidate’s name clearly printed on (as registered). It is also recommended that the candidate ask the voter to print the name on the ballot exactly as it appears on the information card. The use of stickers as a means of voting for a write-in candidate, while not prohibited by law, is discouraged because of the potential for damage to the voting machines.
The Board of Elections must certify votes cast on either the primary or general election ballot exactly as names are written and may not group similar names together. For example, for a candidate having the name John C. Lancaster, votes cast for John C. Lancaster, J. Lancaster, J. C. Lancaster and Jon Lancaster would all appear separately.
A write-in candidate may petition to cumulate votes with similar names. This petition is available on the Election Services website and in the office; the petition must be presented to the Board of Elections in the Election Services Office not later than five days after the completion of the recanvass of the votes cast at either a primary or general election. Candidates should call the office to verify when the five days will begin.
FOR PARTY COMMITTEE POSITIONS PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR RESPECTIVE PARTY.
Berks County Democratic Headquarters
434 Walnut Street
Reading, PA 19601
Berks County Republican Headquarters
8468 Allentown Pike, Suite 6