A candidate for public office whose name does not appear on the ballot (usually because he or she has not secured the nomination of a political party) but whose name must be written on the ballot by voters.
But then Murkowski decided to run as a write-in candidate in the general election and pulled off an improbable victory.
Now supported by the A3P, he ran as a write-in candidate for governor, he says, to learn the ropes for 2012.
Perhaps the most famous ballot was one that was marked twice, once for Franken and once for a write-in candidate, “Lizard People.”
Mike Fleck ran unopposed three times, but appears to have been beaten by a write-in candidate after coming out in 2012.
Do they even matter, given her huge disadvantage as a write-in candidate?