Mickey for Soil and Water Supervisor

Posted November 14, 2014

Eleven people voted Mickey Mouse for an opening on the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District board.

— If this whole being governor thing doesn't work out for Pat McCrory, maybe he can run for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. 

McCrory garnered one of the more than 3,000 uncategorized write-in votes for the office cast by Wake County voters on Nov. 4. 

For the record, the the Soil and Water Conservation District helps protect Wake County farm land. Jenna Wadsworth and Matt Overby won the two available seats with 143,905 and 108,146 votes, respectively. 

However, many people wrote in their choice of candidates for the office, which is frequently a sign that voters don't know the candidates for the relatively low-profile office. 

Should McCrory decide to run in the future, it won't necessarily be a cake walk. He was bested in the write-in vote by Mickey Mouse (11 votes), Donald Duck (7 votes) and No Vote (2 votes). Perhaps understandably, given the office's reliance on science, well-known science educators Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson garnered votes. 

Among the others on the list of write-in votes were:

  • Rock star Ozzy Osbourne
  • Master Chief, a video game character. 
  • "Your Mom"
  • "Abolish the Office"
  • Doctor Who, a fictional time traveler made popular by the BBC
  • H2O
  • "Ham Sandwich"
  • Harvey, which those of us at @NCCapitol are going to assume refers to the the 6-foot rabbit that co-stared with Jimmy Stewart in a movie of the same title.

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  • tri123 Nov 17, 2014

    Two misconceptions below-

    One is that the people who work on election day are employees. They are given a minimum wage fee to make them legally "employees" but they are volunteers. So remember to thank the volunteers that make your election possible! And consider volunteering!!

    The other is that they still count at night. That went out the window after the Florida debacle. Now everything is much more organized to be done deliberately and carefully. All you get the night of the election is the machine counts- what they report on the news Tuesday night, that is NOT the election result. The names are read off the write-ins at a time when everyone has had a chance to sleep- exactly what day that happens is set by state law and local procedure. The final election result in NC is determined after every last i is dotted and t is crossed up to 16 days (per state law- 10 for the counties and then 6 added days of review at the state level) after election day.

  • lewiskr45 Nov 17, 2014

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    It's their job, it's what they're supposed to do.

  • Chris Newman Nov 15, 2014
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    What people don't realize is that at the end of the election day the election officials who have been at the poles since 6:00 that morning now have to stay around and manually count those votes.