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write-in

[rahyt-in] /ˈraɪtˌɪn/
noun
1.
a candidate or vote for a candidate not listed on the printed ballot but written onto it by the voter:
Write-ins may swing the election.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or for such a candidate or vote or a ballot so marked:
a write-in campaign.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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Examples from the web for write-in
  • Election officials should keep an eye out for any thematic similarities in today's showing of fictional write-in candidates.
  • Use of the federal write-in absentee ballot in elections for federal office.
  • Filing of nomination papers for write-in candidates.
British Dictionary definitions for write-in

write in

verb (transitive)
1.
to insert in (a document, form, etc) in writing
2.
(adverb) to write a letter to a company, institution, etc
3.
(adverb) (US)
  1. to vote for (a person not on a ballot) by writing in his name
  2. to cast (a vote) for such a person by writing in his name
noun (US)
4.
the act of voting for a person by writing his name on a ballot
5.
a candidate or vote that has been written in
6.
(as modifier): a write-in campaign
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