What procedures, if any, must write-in candidates follow?
There are virtually no procedures or
rules which specifically relate to write-in candidates for local office.
Although the lack of specific procedures and requirements relating to
write-in candidates may seem puzzling at first glance, it makes sense
when you consider that write-in candidates are considered candidates
under state law and thus are subject to whatever requirements pertain to
candidates in general.
Section 11.01(1) of the Wisconsin
statutes defines “candidate” to mean “every person for whom it is
contemplated or desired that votes be cast at any election held within
this state whether or not the person is elected or nominated, and who
either tacitly or expressly consents to be so considered.” Thus,
write-in candidates, like other candidates, are required to comply with
sections 11.05(2g) and (12) of the Wisconsin statutes which require that
every candidate file a campaign registration statement (Form EB-1) no
later than the time that he or she becomes a candidate as defined in
sec. 11.01(2) of the Wisconsin statutes.