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Rules for counting write-in votes vary from state to state

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 16:28:45-04

BOSTON (AP) — Voters planning to write-in the name of a candidate for president rather than casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or another candidate on the ballot may never see that vote tabulated individually.

Rules for counting write-in ballots vary from state to state.

In many states, write-in candidates end up being lumped into a single category — unless a write-in hopeful has alerted state election officials or has filled out needed paperwork ahead of time. In some states, dozens have filled out the forms needed to ensure their write-in votes are tallied individually.

Other states will tally up write-in votes only if they exceed the number for the top vote-getter on the ballot.

A few states simply ban write-in ballots for president.