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"Write-in for President?"

Recent events have caused a number of Republicans to say they will no longer support their presidential nominee.  Take, for instance, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.  He voted early, and wrote in John McCain.  Or, Kelly Ayotte, Republican Senator from New Hampshire on the ropes in her re-election bid -- she announced she will write in Mike Pence for President.   Apart from such votes being symbolic gestures, what is the legal effect?

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