Definition of "write-in" []

  • A vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate not on the ballot. (noun)
  • A candidate voted for in this manner. (noun)
  • To insert in (a document, form, etc) in writing (verb)

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  • To write a letter to a company, institution, etc (verb)
  • To vote for (a person not on a ballot) by writing in his name (verb)
  • To cast (a vote) for such a person by writing in his name (verb)
  • The act of voting for a person by writing his or her name on a ballot (noun)
  • A candidate or vote that has been written in (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "write-in" in a sentence
  • "Though no African Americans were listed among the performers on the poll, Ray Charles won by what the campus newspaper called “an overwhelming majority with a write-in vote.”"
  • "While the write-in campaign has almost no chance of success, the effort appears to be causing D.C. Council Chairman Gray to step up his get-out-the-vote efforts"
  • "Smith filed two formal complaints Friday with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics against write-in candidate Tyler Sadonis, the A Voice 4 U campaign and its public relations firm, Eagle Communications."