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Q:How can I vote for hundred dollar candidates if there are no hundred dollar candidates on the ballot ?
If there are no hundred dollar candidates for Congress, the Senate or President on your primary or general election ballot citizens can use the write-in slot to write-in their own names. This will register as a vote against the Big Money candidates and create demand for hundred dollar candidates in the next election cycle. For example, if 20% of the general election voters that don’t normally vote in the primaries voted in the primaries using a write-in vote to write-in their own name because there were no hundred dollar candidates running in the primaries that would total about 40-50% of the primary vote because in many primary elections only 20-30% general election voters participate in the primaries. This 40-50% of primary voters willing to make that kind of effort to demand hundred dollar candidates in the primary would inspire a third party or independent candidate to run as a hundred dollar candidate in the general election. It would also inspire more citizens to participate in One Demand in the general election. It may even get some citizens that stopped voting or never voted to begin voting or begin voting again.
Even if there were no districts (or states for senate and president) with those kind of percentages, 20% of voters in any part of the election cycle willing to write-in their own names to register support for hundred dollar candidates would demonstrate their commitment to this ideal which would encourage others to participate in future elections.
Another example is the 2014 general election. In presidential election cycles voter turnout runs about 60% of eligible voters. In 2014 voter turnout was around 40%. If the one out of three presidential cycle voters that wasted their vote by not voting in 2014 had instead used the write-in slot to write-in their own name to create demand for hundred dollar candidates in 2016 it would have totaled over thirty percent of the vote.
Q: How do I contribute to hundred dollar candidates if there are no hundred dollar candidates on my ballot ?
These candidates do not have to be on your ballot. You can even contribute to two or more hundred dollar candidates running for the same office.
For example, you could contribute to both a Democrat running as a hundred dollar candidate in the Democratic primary and a Republican running as a hundred dollar candidate in the Republican primary. For more details see [contributing to candidates].