Ohio write-in candidates must have filed by August deadline

Write in somebody else? Your vote won't count
Posted: 2:08 PM, Oct 09, 2016
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.