Some state lawmakers don't want those ballots to count.
The Providence Journal reports that the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Monday requiring people who want to be write-in candidates to file a notice of their intent no later than the Friday before an election.
Write-ins are a way for voters to express their displeasure with the official candidates. Mickey Mouse got 309 write-in votes in state elections in 2018.
But Miguel Nunes, deputy director of state Board of Elections, told lawmakers tallying write-ins is a "monumental responsibility."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island opposes the measure, saying if passed it "would literally mean that every vote does not count."
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com
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