I believe it was in 2001, but I could be mistaken.
There was a local election for Sheriff in Bulverde, Comal County, Texas.
I saw there was an election coming up and there was a writein in field in the sheriff race. So I rallied my base of supporters, mostly the voting age members of my family and got out the vote.
I know of five writein votes cast for my name that day.
So I was a little shocked when the results were posted that the winner received two votes and was the name of the person that was printed on the ballot, and no names or tallies were listed for write-ins.
I knew so little about elections and voting that I had no idea what to do.
I discovered that there’s this law in Texas that in order to be counted as a write-in candidate one must file a form by a certain date before the election in order to be valid.
That is how I won, but lost, my first election.