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Old 07-07-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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I was commenting on the sad situation of AL beer legislation last night and how the House Rep for my area (house district 96) has opposed pro-beer legislation and will probably continue to do so. I complain that he is running unopposed again this year and my friend says "Run against him"...

"I'm pretty sure it is way too late to get on the ballot and I don't have the money anyway" I say.

He pauses for a moment then says "Write Ins man.."

I consider this idea (and my IPA) for a few seconds and ask my friend "How on earth would I convince several thousand people who have never heard of me to go write my name in on a ballot?"

We ponder this question and the possibilities for a few minutes.

I ask "Is this even possible? The odds really aren't very good."

He replies "It's better than sitting in your backyard drinking beer and complaining about it isn't it?"

I can't really argue with that.

So.. here I am. No campaign contributions or fundraisers, no trust fund, no large bank account, no real party affiliation and not even on the ballot.
I fully support all of the Free The Hops projects/agendas and I also have a few pro-brewing ideas of my own. I don't have a moral agenda to push or any corporate interests.

I'm asking that anyone in Alabama House District 96 write my name in for House Representative in November. Jacob Wayne Bankester

If you don't know what district you're in you can find out here:

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/zipsearch.html


I'll be putting up a facebook page, a twitter account, a small web site/blog and anything else I can think of over the next week or two.

Feel free to tell me I've lost it , or that I have no chance. At least I'm making an attempt instead of crying into a glass of illegal homebrew.

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Old 07-07-2010, 04:00 PM   #2
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I don't know about Alabama, but in California, you can't just write-in any name. The write-in candidate still has to be registered, meet all requirements and pay all fees that the ballot candidates did. The only difference is timing. If you missed the deadline for the ballot, you can then be a write-in candidate. Check the local election laws on that. Either way, good luck with that! That's what the system is for, so use it!

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I don't know about Alabama, but in California, you can't just write-in any name. The write-in candidate still has to be registered, meet all requirements and pay all fees that the ballot candidates did. The only difference is timing. If you missed the deadline for the ballot, you can then be a write-in candidate. Check the local election laws on that. Either way, good luck with that! That's what the system is for, so use it!

I'm looking into that right now but I'm not having much luck finding any useful information. The AL.gov web resources are terrible...
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im not in your district, but if its not too late, I really applaud your efforts, good luck!

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See if you can get an interview on the morning radio show. It would certainly make for an interesting story.

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I'm looking into that right now but I'm not having much luck finding any useful information. The AL.gov web resources are terrible...
You should be able to get all the info & papers you need at your county's Registrar of Voters offices.

Edit: Baldwin or Mobile county?
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it looks like the deadline for registering as a third party candidate is June 1st, for the primary election. you have to be a resident of Alabama for 3 years prior and a resident of the district for at least one, and be at least 25 years old. might have missed this one!

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You should be able to get all the info & papers you need at your county's Registrar of Voters offices.

Edit: Baldwin or Mobile county?
District 96 looks like it covers bits of both counties.

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it looks like the deadline for registering as a third party candidate is June 1st, for the primary election. you have to be a resident of Alabama for 3 years prior and a resident of the district for at least one, and be at least 25 years old. might have missed this one!
I've been right here for 26 years. Residency is definitely covered
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i can't help none as i dont live in bama and don't know the rules.....but, if this doesn't work out, keep your websites, facebooks, etc and start your campaign for the next election right now.

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You are going to need money, especially running against an incumbent, hire a consultant is the most important thing to do. What is your name? A common last name can be very beneficial, even if you need to tweak how it is pronounced. But to get in to the race this late is going to be very hard if you can't finance your own campaign with it being this late.

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