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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:26 am

One week ago, this newspaper laid out in detail why we believe Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is the best choice for governor.

His politics are centrist, his style is common-sense, his experience is invaluable, and one of his goals for the commonwealth is to reinstate good-government practices in lieu of the hyper-partisan gamesmanship that has, sadly, afflicted this election and much of Virginia politics in the past few years.

He will continue his work of improving government no matter what happens on Nov. 5 — but he would have a better chance of advancing those reforms if elected governor.

Having already detailed why Mr. Bolling should be elected, we’d like to tell you how.

Mr. Bolling was maneuvered off the Republican ticket when the party chose its gubernatorial candidate earlier this year. For voters wishing to support him, that will mean writing his name on the ballot next month.

If you’re unsure how to cast a write-in vote, we encourage you to contact your local voter registrar.

Different jurisdictions may have different voting machines or slightly different protocols for casting paper ballots (if, indeed, paper ballots are available). But in Charlottesville and Albemarle, you can expect the following:

Charlottesville uses both electronic voting machines and paper ballots. If you receive a paper ballot, fully color in the designated box and then physically write down the name of the candidate. You will then scan the ballot into the system.

Electronic machines feature a wheel mechanism for making your choices. Turn the wheel to select “write in,” then — also using the wheel — spell out the name of the candidate.

When you have made all your selections, write-in or otherwise, you will see a summary screen. Review your choices for accuracy, then cast your vote as instructed by the voting machine.

Albemarle County uses electronic machines exclusively.

At the end of the list of candidates for every office will be a box indicating the write-in opportunity. Touch the box, which should activate a green light and a keyboard. Type in the name of your candidate using the keyboard.

When you have finished — and this is an important step often missed, says the registrar’s office — hit the “enter” button on the keyboard. This enters your write-in vote.

After you have completed all your selections, hit “cast your vote” to lock in your choices. This is the final step; after hitting the key, you will not be able to go back and vote for any offices you might have overlooked.

Charlottesville’s registrar reminds us, also, that write-in votes cannot be automatically tabulated and will have to be counted separately, so results will be somewhat delayed.

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