On August 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, denied the Libertarian Party’s request to rehear the case over whether election officials must count write-ins for declared presidential write-in candidates.
Federal law requires jurisdictions that vote for President to tell the National Archives the number of votes received by each candidate for presidential elector. This point was never brought up in the lawsuit. But it leaves open the possibility of a new lawsuit, raising that point. It is hoped that some of this year’s presidential candidates will file for declared write-in status in the District of Columbia this year. To file as a declared write-in candidate, the presidential candidate must find three D.C. voters who have lived in Washington, D.C., for at least three years, to serve as presidential elector candidates.