How to Write in Bernie Sanders

This is effectively a tutorial on how to write in Bernie Sanders on your ballot. We need this because every state has its own ballot style.

It is is not going to be easy because the space to write-in is usually tiny. Let’s practice together.

We have some ballot samples to show.

Here we have a ballot that indicates both a presidential candidate and its running mate, listed by last name only, joined by the word “and”. There is not room enough for a handwritten “and” and both president and vice-president; I joined them with a plus sign.

There is no question in my mind that Bernie Sanders would choose Nina Turner as his vice-president. Nina Turner is beloved by all, except Joe Biden, the Biden campaign, and Tom Perez apparently, but Nina Turner is the perfect choice.

Ballot with both president and vice-president
Ballot with both president and vice-president

However, Bernie did not officially name Nina Turner for his running mate; he didn’t get that chance. Therefore, it might be safer to write-in only Bernie’s name. Writing in Bernie Sanders might work, but better to write “Bernard Sanders”.

Ballot with both president and vice-president listed, but writing-in only Bernard Sanders
Ballot with both president and vice-president indicated, but writing-in only Bernard Sanders

Next we have a ballot that lists all candidates, president and vice-president by their full names, at the same time asking a vote by Party. This is a strange one. I show the written-in part with both Bernard Sanders and Nina Turner, but you could choose to write-in only Bernard Sanders on this ballot.

Ballot with all names spelled out in full, with the handwritten part following the format presented on the ballot
Ballot with all names spelled out in full, with the handwritten part following the format presented on the ballot

Maine has “Ranked Choice Voting”. It is the one and only state to have Ranked Choice Voting for the election of president and it is the first time it is used for a Federal election. Tabulating these ballots is complex and I question whether voters fully understand how their votes are counted. Nevertheless, if you want to vote for Bernie Sanders and no one else, this is how you’d do it.

One caveat about writing in on the Maine ballot: The write-in must be a “Declared Candidate”. As far as I know, Bernie Sanders is a Declared Candidate in all 50 states. If Biden became incapacitated before November 3, 2020, the Democratic nomination would fall to Bernie.

Maine's Ranked Coice Voting ballot writing in Sanders, Bernard.
Maine’s Ranked Coice Voting ballot writing in Sanders, Bernard.

An earlier sample modified from a primary ballot.

Sample write-in portion of a ballot. This one was from a primary ballot.
Sample write-in portion of a ballot. This one was from a primary ballot.

Here we have an unopposed incumbent whose allies smeared the one challenger (story investigated and reported by Ryan Grim in The Intercept and here - Intercept, first report). Alex Morse is a progressive who will make a fine Representative if we can get 51% of MA-01 voters to write-in Alex Morse on this 2020 ballot.

MA-1 Representative Sample ballot:

Write-in Alex Morse ballot sample.
Write-in Alex Morse ballot sample.