write-in

[rahyt-in]
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:
1930–35

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write-in

noun
1. a candidate for public office whose name does not appear on the ballot and so must be written on the ballot by the voters [syn: write-in candidate
2. a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate who is not listed on the ballot 
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Example sentences
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.
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