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Times Staff
Published October 26, 2004

The Hillsborough ballot includes some races that list one or more candidates by name, with another space designated for a possible write-in candidate.

They are presented this way because the unnamed opponent didn't meet the qualifications to appear on the ballot, but did meet the criteria for being a write-in. With Hillsborough's electronic voting machines, the procedure for casting a write-in vote is as follows:

On touch screen voting machines, any race with a qualified write-in candidate will indicate an area to check for "write-in." When the designated space is touched, an electronic keyboard will appear on the screen. The voter then types in the write-in candidate's name and presses "OK."

A check mark will appear next to "write-in." The name of the write-in candidate will appear on the final review screen showing the results of the voter's selections. Here are the races on the Hillsborough ballot with only one candidate listed and a write-in opponent:

- U.S. Rep., District 9 Republican Mike Bilirakis vs write-in Andrew Pasayan;

- State House District 56, Republican Anthony Trey Traviesa vs write-in Cornelius "Neil" Cosentino;

- State House District 68, Republican Bill Galvano vs. write-in Jon Kleiber;

- Sheriff, Republican David Gee vs. write-in William Godwin.

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