Thinking of writing in a vote next month?

Here’s what you need to know.

Nine states—Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota—do not accept write-in votes.

Eight states—Vermont, Wyoming, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Iowa, Delaware, and Alabama—allow write-in votes for anybody, and count them.

The other states—33 of them—allow write-in votes but only count them when cast for people who have registered in advance as write-in candidates. The requirements for registration vary from state to state. Some states require lists of voter signatures. Some require candidates to declare well in advance (the deadline for registering as a write-in candidate has already passed in some states).

So…you can write in a candidate in most states but your vote may or may not count. Better be sure where you are before you do it.

Note to kids: Forget it

Why You May Want to Pay Your Children to Eat Their Vegetables

The Wall Street Journal

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An omen, a palpable omen

In a moment of weakness I called Comcast to see what it would cost to add a few channels of TV service to my Internet—called the number on the website, navigated through the resulting menu to the question about adding services, pressed the required number, and the line went promptly dead.

I did the whole thing a second time with exactly the same result. If that's not an omen I don't know what it is.

Hello, Hulu.

I'm 100% for early voting but 100% against this

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and ...

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Europeans attack Mars

European Space Agency says Mars probe may have exploded

BERLIN (AP) - The European Space Agency says its experimental Mars probe crash-landed and may have exploded when it hit the s...

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Ah, the irony

October sky

Now I have to worry about this too?

Planet Nine is making sun tilt, adding 'wobble' to solar system - NY Daily News

Whoa! It's the old "elevated vocabulary" defense

Iowa sub who had sex with student: 'I am the victim' - NY Daily News

An Iowa substitute teacher accused of having sex with a student claims the 17-year-old boy seduced her with his "elevated vocabulary"…

I'm seeing a surge in English class enrollment. 

It's passing strange…

…that when I dictate the word consanguineous to my iPhone (as I just did) it gets the spelling correct but when I ask Siri to define consanguineous it hears "constant when he is."

Another strange thing is me using the word "constant when he is."


If you're a fan of disaster TV…

…and last night's meltdown in Las Vegas wasn't enough for you, there's good news: The Bears play the Packers this evening in Green Bay. And—extra bonus—you can watch it free on Twitter.


And if you're waiting for the high-speed train from Vermont this morning…

Outside my front window

As long as you don't forget to scrub behind your ears

The Internet Can't Get Over Being Able to Take the iPhone 7 in the Shower


"I can now watch Netflix in the shower what a time to be alive" Read the full story

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If somebody wants to loan me five bucks, I'll do it

Why doesn't anyone want to buy Twitter?

The Washington Post

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I'm voting for Charlie Brown

Wednesday's TV Highlights: 

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown The animated "Peanuts" classic marks its 50th anniversary as Linus stakes out a spot in the pumpkin patch, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin, 8 p.m. ABC.

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Hey, if we stop doing business with these crooks we'll have to buy new checks

City To Consider Cutting Ties With Wells Fargo Following Phony Account Scandal
SF Gate

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) San Francisco is set to become the latest city to consider cutting ties with Wells Fargo in the wake of a growing scandal involving the creation of around 2 million phony bank accounts. Supervisors Jane Kim and John Avalos introduced legislation today calling for the city to end its business with Wells Fargo and urging the city attorney and district attorney to investigate the bank's practices. In addition, the legislation calls for the city to consider a "responsible banking…" Read the full story

To be clear, it's not the scandal that's phony, it's the account.

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Points for caring, at least

Opinion: McCaul: Our nation faces cybersecurity threats -- One of them is a presidential candidate
Fox News

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Go heat wave!

Record-breaking heat wave as summer makes a comeback

While the trees may be telling us it's Fall with their brilliant colors, summer is making a comeback for much of the eastern half of the country early this week. Read the full story

You can't trust Democrats, say Democrats' lawyers

DNC Lawyers Argue Neutrality Is Merely a 'Political Promise' | Observer


Morning sun

No. Freaking. Kidding.

IRS Audits Its Collection of Al Capone Guns, Finds It Failed to Shoot Straight

Wall Street Journal The agency, perennially in someone's crosshairs, had an elaborate plan last month to aim for some positive publicity by evoking one of its proudest moments: the 1931 conviction of Al Capone for tax evasion after other law-enforcement agencies failed…

"It's unusual that a relatively small federal agency would have two guns from one of the most infamous criminals," said Geoff Schumacher, the Mob Museum's director of content.

Not exactly a rave review

Bears explore new depths in loss to Jaguars - Chicago Tribune


It's an October miracle!

Iraqi state TV: Iraqi prime minister announces start of operations to liberate Mosul from IS

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi state TV: Iraqi prime minister announces start of operations to liberate Mosul from IS.

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Somehow this does not seem like a selling point to me

Better not look behind you, Buckeyes

AP Top 25: Michigan up to No. 3 as Ohio State holds at No. 2

Michigan moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, right behind No. 2 Ohio State, to give the Big Ten ...

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