CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Voters unimpressed with the line-up of candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot can opt among 40 additional choices, including comedienne Roseanne Barr and Santa Claus.
The secretary of state's office has certified 40 write-in candidates for the general election -- a requirement under state election in order to have write-in votes tabulated on election night.
A total of 26 candidates have filed certificates of announcement as write-in candidates for president.
However, that list does not include Keith Judd, the Texas prison inmate who drew nearly 41 percent of the vote in the May primary against President Barack Obama.
According to correspondence with the secretary of state's office, Judd, who is completing a 171/2-year sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, had submitted a letter requesting that he be a write-in candidate for president.
The secretary of state's office, in a response dated Sept. 17, advised Judd that he would need to complete and have notarized an official certificate of announcement as a write-in.
However, that was just one day before the deadline for the secretary of state's office to certify write-in candidates for the November ballot.
The presidential list includes Barr, star of the long-running comedy series "Roseanne," who is running a national write-in campaign. Her issues include legalization of marijuana and easier ballot access for candidates.