Why didn’t I think of that?
The Orange County Florida Supervisor of Elections compiles a list of all the “invalid write-in names” entered on ballots. To be valid, a write-in candidate must register with the supervisor for a specific race. That ensures we don’t elect someone who is unwilling to serve.
No word on whether Mr. Mouse would serve if elected.
The governor’s race here was very close, with incumbent Rick Scott (with 48.2 percent of the votes) narrowly edging out former governor Charlie Crist (47 percent). Nevertheless, that means that almost 5 percent of the people in the state wanted someone other than one of these two jokers in the office.
Yeah, I’m in that five percent. I wasn’t clever enough to vote for Mr. Mouse, even though he’s the region’s largest employer. I voted for a Libertarian candidate.
But 73 of my fellow Orange County residents voted for “None of the Above.” I hadn’t thought of that option, either.
The race for chair of the school board was particularly stupid, and reveals much voter frustration. There was one candidate, the incumbent, a career politician whose performance in the role is largely unremarkable. He’s not a terrible school board chair. Nevertheless, more than 600 of my neighbors wrote in something like “None of the above” or “anyone else,” including one who put “almost literally anyone else.”
A couple of real, actual people also garnered hundreds of votes for the office, but as they were unregistered, they show up as “invalid.”
Mr. Mouse also got 201 votes for the school board job.
I think what most of us were incensed about is not the incumbent’s competence or lack thereof, but that no one even bothered trying to run against him. An election in which there is only one choice is even more irritating than an election in which there are only two choices.
The supervisor of elections’ report demonstrates the frustration of independent voters like myself at this pathetic status quo. Have a look at the list. Some of the write-in candidates are hilarious. Next time I’m face with a nonchoice like this, I’m totally writing in Disney characters.
And no, I don’t see that as a “wasted vote.” No vote is a waste. It registers one’s opinion, whether it’s for one candidate or against another, or just a registration of disgust at the absurdity of the two-party system.