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    I was the was misremembering the way the scenario rolled out.... I had previously written-in in Bernie in Democratic Congressional primaries (contests that he had won as a write-in but turned down the nomination), so I obviously was confusing that with 2006, where I didn't remember that he was listed on the Democratic primary ballot. (I actually found a Democratic 2006 sample ballot at the SoS website, absolutely confirming that you are completely correct in your memory).

    I suspect he could have won as a write-in in the 2006 primary, although he obviously was much easier with him on the ballot.

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    Slight correction on the multiple party thing though

    A candidate can only be listed on one primary ballot, but if they win other party nominations via write-in, they can have all of those nominations in November.

    For example, in 2008 Peter Welch won the Republican nomination for Congress as a write, and was listed on the general election ballot as D/R. Put Peter could only enter one primary (Democratic), and any other primary victories had to be as write-ins. Tim Ashe and Anthony Pollina both were formally entered in the Democratic primaries for state Senate, but then they got enough write-ins in the Progressive Party primary to have also win that nomination, and they were listed as D/P in November.

    But a candidate can not be listed as an "Independent" and also as the nominee of another Party -- that's why Bernie can't run as an "Independent/Democrat" or an "Independent/Progressive" or any similar thing. Vermont law even actually prevents any from creating a party with the word "Independent" in the name, so that voters won't confuse that party with authentic "independent" candidates.

    Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

    by terjeanderson on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 05:46:01 AM PDT

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