Independent candidate Evan McMullin announced his candidacy for president late in the game, meaning that he’s not on most state ballots on November 8. However, he did make it on 11 ballots and can be voted for as a write-in candidate in many others.
McMullin was also late on choosing his running-mate, former Capitol Hill staffer Mindy Finn. Therefore, the placeholder name “Nathan Johnson” appears on many of the ballots he is included on. McMullin has reminded his supporters that they must write “Nathan Johnson” instead of “Mindy Finn” if a state’s write-in option includes a spot for a running-mate.
There are eight states that McMullin did not qualify to be a write-in candidate for. However, his campaign still insists that his supports should vote for McMullin anyway. “It is inconceivable that some states would not allow their residents to vote for who they want and is worthy of being protested. We will be fighting to ensure that every vote for Evan McMullin is counted,” the campaign said.
In 34 states, write-in candidates must file paperwork to qualify, while nine states require no paperwork for write-in candidates. South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, New Mexico and Nevada do not permit write-in votes.
McMullin’s name-recognition is low, but in October, he began gaining traction in Utah. McMullin, a former CIA operative, was born in the Beehive State and is a Mormon. A poll published by the Deseret News on November 4 shows McMullin with 28 percent support, just 5 points behind Donald Trump and 4 points ahead of Hillary Clinton.
According to his campaign site, McMillin’s goal isn’t to win the electoral college vote, but instead to block Clinton and Trump from reaching the required 270 votes. Should McMullin win Utah, he would take 6 electoral votes away from the two major party candidates and would be the first third-party candidate to win a state since 1968.
Johnson is a real person and a close friend of McMullin’s. If McMullin is successful in pushing the general election to the House of Representative, Johnson will resign so Finn can be McMullin’s Vice President.
States Where McMullin Appears on the Ballot
- Virginia (listed as an Independent candidate)
- Kentucky (listed as an Independent candidate)
- South Carolina (listed as an Independence candidate)
- Arkansas (listed as a Better For America candidate)
- Louisiana (Courage, Character, Service; party listed as Other)
- Minnesota (listed as an Independence candidate)
- Iowa (listed as an Independent candidate)
- Idaho (listed as an Independent candidate)
- Utah (listed as Unaffiliated)
- Colorado (listed as Unaffiliated)
- New Mexico (listed as a Better For America candidate)
States Where You Can Write In McMullin
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
States Where McMullin Has no Ballot Access
- North Carolina
- South Dakota