Write-in votes usually are wasted votes. That's why I was so interested in what happened last week in the Amherst School Board race.
As I wrote in my column today, two people whose names were not on the ballot won seats. It's hard enough to win an election, but to do it by getting people to forgo the ballot levers in favor of writing down a name on a piece of paper hidden behind a little door is truly impressive.
It struck me as truly democratic, a way to get around the normal political process that sometimes stops candidates in their tracks.
--- Bruce Andriatch