Midterm outcomes are making historical past in a number of states
Midterm candidates make historical past as Maryland elects its first black governor and Massachusetts chooses the nation’s first lesbian governor.
Claire Hardwicke, USA TODAY
vote It’s thought of probably the most official duties of any American citizen.
Then once more, in the event you’re not proud of any of the candidates talked about on the poll, you may at all times vote for Bart Simpson, a horse, or…soup.
Written votes do not rely until the candidate has met sure qualification necessities, Polk County Election Supervisor Lori Edwards mentioned. For Tuesday’s elections, the 2 permitted candidates have been Edwards Grey and Moses Quills within the US Senate race and Leonard Serrator within the 18th US Home of Representatives election.
However the residents of Polk County wrote the names of loads of uncredited candidates, whether or not they registered a rejection of official decisions or engaged in a little bit of electoral sabotage.
Edwards’ workplace compiles an inventory of extraordinary written votes after every election, and the poll that ended on Tuesday yielded some choices which can be unlikely to ever take workplace.
Edwards shared written performances from the US Senate and US Home District 18 races.
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26 people and entities obtained a single writing vote that ranged from the cartoonist (Bobby, Charlie Brown, The Little Mermaid and Scooby-Doo – misspelled “Scooby-Doo”) to only the fictional (Han Solo, Bruce Wayne) to the historic (Harriet Tubman, Sojourner’s Fact).
Others who obtained one vote embrace Tim Tebow, John Sweet, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Katy Perry and Megan Thee Stallion. The black horse candidate, “Horse” (no identify) additionally obtained written help from one voter, as did “Soup,” with out specifying a taste.
Jane Doe’s solely written vote could be interpreted as a protest towards current modifications to abortion legal guidelines.
Mickey Mouse, the everlasting winner of numerous votes, appeared on 33 poll papers. The identify that usually seems in second place in all probability displays confusion about shifting boundaries in congressional districts, wrote 22 voters for Rep. Darren Soto, De Kissimmee, who was re-elected in U.S. Home District 9.
“Somebody Else” had a further electoral endorsement of 16 voters, 4 greater than the general “Democrat” and 9 extra votes than the Jesus/God mixture, which tied by seven votes with former President Barack Obama. His successor, former President Donald Trump, appeared on six poll papers.
4 voters prevented the listed candidates to suggest “my cat,” though cats have been unlikely to satisfy the age necessities for the place. One other inhuman candidate, Donald Duck, obtained 5 written votes.
Tom Brady is having a disappointing season because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, however three voters solid him on their ballots, the identical quantity that picked a non-Florida resident named Santa. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd — who formally received re-election in 2020 with out going through an opponent — additionally appeared on three ballots, 15 fewer written votes than he obtained in non-mayor races two years in the past.
The 2-vote writers included Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, skilled wrestler and actor John Cena, writer Stephen King, SpongeBob and Konata Izumi, a teenage character within the Japanese animated collection Fortunate Star.
One of many writing candidates who obtained one vote, the animated character Area Ghost, has an area connection. Lakeland’s George Lowe supplied the voice for the character on the TV present “Area Ghost Coast to Coast,” which was proven on Cartoon Community as a substitute of C-SPAN.
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