There’s talk of replacing Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. But in Wisconsin, that scenario is all but impossible.
“Unless there were some other litigation or court order, we and municipal clerks cannot remove somebody from the ballot after they have been nominated in their primary,” said state Elections Commission administrator Mike Haas. “We always tell candidates who ask that the only way you can be removed from the ballot after you’ve been nominated is if you pass away.”
Not only that, but a write in replacement cannot be somebody already on the ballot — meaning Wisconsin cannot write in Mike Pence if he takes Trump’s spot on the GOP ticket.
“The statute specifically says in general election a write in vote may not be counted for a candidate if the candidate’s name appears on the official ballot already,” Haas said. Any write in candidate needs to submit paper work ahead of time, and must also recieve at least ten percent of the vote in order for the votes to be counted.