I wanted to do a very brief follow-up to my last video introducing the Humane Party and their presidential candidate Clifton Roberts. My goal with Bite Size Vegan is to provide accessible, accurate, grounded information to help people be able to educate themselves and make fact-based decisions.
As such, when I—or anyone—finds an error in one of my videos, I am sure to notate and track corrections on the corresponding blog post on my website. This video, however, isn’t about an error, but rather a lack of logistical clarity.
I did add this information to my previous video’s blog post, but as this directly impacts the voting process for the impending election—and I know how very few of you actually visit the blog posts [but you're here!]—I thought it was of great importance to post a quick video to ensure I provided as complete of a resource as possible.
On a personal side note, these past two weeks I’ve been packing moving across the country, so my normally tight schedule has been even more insane.
While preparing the resources for the last video’s blog post, I found some issue regarding write-in voting that needed clarification. I reached out to Clifton but did not hear back by the time the video was published, which is why I directed viewers to the blog post for guidance with write-in voting.
I then reached out to the Humane Party with the same questions and received a response yesterday and wanted to be sure and share it with you as soon as possible.
Again, this is not saying anyone should or should not vote for any particular candidate—but everyone deserves to have all the facts when making any kind of decision.
That said, if you are wanting to vote for the Humane Party’s presidential candidate Clifton Roberts, the following information is important.
In the United States, the write-in process varies by state. There are nine states that do not allow any write-ins candidates:
No Write-Ins: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota.
On the other side are the seven states without any specific filing requirements for write-in candidates, meaning you can write-in any name you would like and it should be counted:
Write-In Anyone!: Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The remaining thirty-four states have specific and individual filing requirements with varying levels of complexity.
Individual Write-In Requirements: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Yesterday I received confirmation from the Humane Party on Clifton Roberts’ filing status in these remaining states. They relayed that recently received approval for write-in status in New York State and California, with pending status in Minnesota. [UPDATE:
I’ve linked the Humane Party of Minnesota’s Facebook page below, if you want to get in touch with them for updates, as well as the official New York State list for write-in candidates. I called California’s Secretary of State and was told that their final list will be posted sometime today [October 28, 2016], so as of yet I
do not have official confirmation but will link to their website on the post below as well so you can check for the updates. Once the list has been posted, I will add the direct link.
For the remaining thirty-one states only votes for officially registered candidates will be counted. Some voters still decide to write-in their candidate of choice as a form of protest or for other reasons. However, everyone should be fully informed before making their decision.
So if you want to vote for any candidate not appearing on your official ballot and you live outside of the nine sates that do not allow write-ins, I would highly encourage you to check with your state for a list of approved write-ins and clarification on the write-in process. I’ve included more links in the post linked in the video description below to help you get started.
So to recap, Clifton Roberts has official write-in status in the following states:
States With Clifton Roberts Official Write-In Status: Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, (
California—pending official confirmation)
California has also been confirmed by the Humane Party,
but the official approved list will be posted today, [UPDATE: the list has been posted and does not appear to include Clifton – see below] and his status is pending in Minnesota.
The remaining 31 states allowing write-ins will not officially count a write-in vote for Clifton.
I hope that this was helpful. Please take advantage of the resources linked below so that you can be as fully informed as possible in your decision this election cycle.
I will continue to do my best to provide you with the most accurate information I can. Because everyone deserves access to the truth.
Now go live vegan, get informed, and I’ll see you soon.
▶︎➤RESOURCES FOR WRITE-INS (LIST-FORM)
➣ California Secretary of State Voter Information— UPDATE: the official list has been posted and does not appear to contain Clifton. The press release with more details can be found HERE. And the direct link to the candidate list is HERE.
➣ See general tip citation below
▶︎➤ RESOURCES FOR WRITE-INS (CITATIONS)
 “How to Write in a Candidate for Presidential Elections,” Our Everyday Life, accessed October 26, 2016.
 “Ballot Access for Presidential Candidates – Write-Ins,” Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics, accessed October 26, 2016, .
 General Tip: To find your state’s list of official write-in candidates, look up your Secretary of State’s website and navigate to their election/voter information section. If you have trouble finding the write-in list, you can contact their office or even run a basic internet search for “official list of write-in candidates for president in YOUR STATE HERE.” Seems simple but can be very effective. :D