Ohio write-in candidates must have filed by August deadline

Write in somebody else? Your vote won't count
Posted at 2:08 PM, Oct 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 09:42:52-04

Correction: An earlier version of this story omitted several eligible write-in candidates; WCPO regrets this error.

CINCINNATI -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he'll be voting for Mike Pence for president, in light of vulgar comments from Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Turns out, that's pretty much as effective as voting for Mickey Mouse.

Don't get us wrong: We understand Portman's trying to make a symbolic statement. It's just that writing in Pence -- Indiana's conservative governor and Trump's running mate -- won't count.

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The same goes for writing in anybody else who failed to file as a write-in candidate by Ohio's deadline 72 days before the election (we'll spare you the math, it was Aug. 29 this year).

Ohio's only write-in presidential candidates for the Nov. 8 general election are listed here.

If you write-in anyone else, your vote for president and vice president doesn't count.

It's also too late for anyone to file as a write-in candidates in Indiana if they haven't already.

In Kentucky, write-in candidates have until the end of this month to file.