Writing in 'Bernie Sanders' or 'Ted Cruz' on your ballot won't be counted

Just because you write someone in, doesn't mean it's always counted.
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If you live in Minnesota and plan on voting a write-in candidate on Election Day, make sure your pick is actually registered – or it won't count.

Minnesota is one of the 32 states that requires write-in hopefuls to file a request prior to the election, in order to have their votes tallied at the end. It has to be submitted by Nov. 1.

Every state will have the same three presidential candidates on the ballot: Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton, Republican candidate Donald Trump, and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Green party candidate Jill Stein will also be on the Minnesota ballot.

So who made it this year?

There are 44 eligible write-in candidates in Minnesota for president and vice president, including some familiar names – like Jesse Ventura (VP to Daniel Muffoletto), and Amy Klobuchar (the running mate of Jeffrey Ryan Wharton Sr.).

You can read the names of the other 41 people here.

There are also write-in candidates who registered for state and county races.

What about some of the presidential losers?

If you're one of the 12 million people who voted for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary ... well, bad news if you're still thinking about writing him in.

He is not on the list of registered candidates.

Neither are any of the Republican runners-up, such as Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush.

To find news, commentary, and local events leading up to the 2016 election, head to Go Vote MN. Go Vote MN is hosting an Election Eve Party at Mill City Nights on Monday featuring Dilated Peoples and Allan Kingdom.

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