Election Guide: Why Write-In Campaigns Are Hard

July 30, 2013

Photo By Pat Batcheller

“Sometimes when they [the voter] go into the booth they’re not really clear who they’re going to vote for and they’ve got two names in front of them and they check a box…and that’s how they make a decision. Getting someone to go in and write the name they’ve got to go in there right with that specific purpose in mind and that’s a much higher bar to clear.”

—Dante Chinni

Mike Duggan has raised more money than all other candidates running for Detroit Mayor, more than a million dollars so far. Duggan is trying to defy the odds by running a write-in campaign after being disqualified from next Tuesday's ballot in a residency dispute. Dante Chinni is a journalist, author, and head of the American Communities Project at American University. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Chinni why write-in campaigns are so hard to win. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Read more about Dante Chinni here

Photo By Pat Batcheller