In some local elections in the US, especially at the primary level, there are sometimes offices for which there are no official candidates. In some of these local elections, the only voting option is a blank line for a write-in candidate.
Now, I’ve been wondering for some time: What happens in these elections? If everybody who votes in these elections writes in their neighbor’s name, are those write-in votes duly counted up? If some lucky soul gets two write-in votes to everyone else’s one, does that guy get “elected”? Obviously he could decline the honor of being elected Town Dogcatcher or the like, but would he get the opportunity to accept the position after his landslide victory?
I’ve thought of this from time to time ever since I voted in a local primary back in Pennsylvania and one of the offices (for sewer commissioner or something similar) had no official candidate on the ballot, so I wrote in a friend’s name on a lark. I never saw the results to that election, and I’m curious as to how it would have been handled.