JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Some voters expecting to vote for Barack Obama or John McCain two weeks ago were surprised to see 11 other names on the ballot. But 736 voters in Duval County weren't happy with any of the choices and wrote in 191 other names.
Among the write in votes were those who really ran for president or vice-president during the long primary campaign: Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep. Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin and even Steven Colbert.
George W. Bush got two votes to serve a third term.
Others getting multiple votes were Jesus, God, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Tim Tebow and that perennial favorite, "None of the above."
Perhaps surprisingly, Joe the Plumber and John Doe only got one vote each, tying Bill Clinton, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill O'Riely, Tiger Woods, Bobby Bowden, Tommy Chong, Willie Nelson and Homer Simpson.
The only write-in votes that actually count are those who actually registered as write-in candidates. For this race, only Gary Nettles registered with the Florida Division of Elections. He got 932 votes in Duval County.
In releasing the write-in choices, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland's office said the option to write in their candidate of choice allows voters to express their feelings regarding a particular election.
Beyond the "none" choice, other voters wrote in "None (anarchy)," "They Both Suck '08," and "May the best man win."
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