Unregistered write-in qualifies for ballot in 1st District

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Friday, August 24, 2012 8:12pm

Write-in candidate Mark Davies has qualified for the November general-election ballot against Democratic 1st District State Rep. Luis Moscoso.

With Moscoso unopposed on the primary ballot, Davies could qualify for the November ballot by finishing second with at least 1 percent of the primary vote.

Davies did that with more than 2 percent of the votes.

That’s happened before – two years ago in northwest Snohomish County and this year in the 21st District, which includes most of Edmonds, north Lynnwood and all of Mukilteo.

In those cases, the write-in candidates had registered their candidacy, meaning that their votes counted even with minor misspellings and that they appeared on the November ballot with a party preference.

State Elections Director Katie Blinn said Friday that no other unregistered write-in candidate had qualified for the general election under current rules.

As an unregistered write-in candidate, Davies’ votes were counted only if his name was spelled properly and that he will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot with the “No party preference” designation.

The 1st Legislative District includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell, part of Kirkland and unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.