Willie Green III

Floyd County Elections Supervisor Willie Green III

More than 150 Floyd County voters left their presidential election choice completely blank and another 500 or so wrote in names — including Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse — that were not listed on the ballot.

Elections Supervisor Willie Green III posted on Tuesday the final, certified tally for the Nov. 8 election.

After checking the eligibility of the 206 voters who cast provisional ballots, votes from 110 of them were added. None of the outcomes changed, but the county ended up with a turnout rate of 76.7 percent.

In the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump got 24,114 votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 9,159. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1,084.

Just four of the 17 qualified write-in candidates drew votes: 160 for Evan McMullin, an independent conservative running as an alternative to Trump; 74 for Green Party candidate Jill Stein; 11 for Mike Maturen of the American Solidarity Party; and 6 for Darrell Castle, the Constitution Party’s nominee.

Elections Clerk Vanessa Waddell said those votes will count toward the candidates’ state total. The more than 250 other names typed in — as a protest, homage or joke — will not.

The Disney duck and mouse only received single votes, as did state Rep. Katie Dempsey of Rome and a number of others, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Condoleezza Rice.

The “winner” of the non-vote was Bernie Sanders, with 45, followed by John Kasich, with 24. Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, received nine, and Vice President Joe Biden pulled in seven.

Four prominent Republicans received 10 write-in votes each: Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Jeb Bush received eight votes, and three each went to Ronald Reagan, Ted Cruz and Michelle Obama. President Barack Obama received one.

A number of the write-in votes were for entities that could not serve if elected, such as My Gun, Homey D Clown, Queen Elizabeth II and Toxic Avenger.

Jesus Christ received seven votes under variations of his name — not including the single vote cast for Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain.

Many of the eligible voters who had to cast provisional ballots went to the wrong precinct location, according to Elections Clerk Donna Maldonado. Early voting sites are universal, but Election Day precincts are assigned.

Most of the rejected provisional ballots were from voters registered in another county.

“I had voters from Polk, Bartow, Cobb and even Gwinnett,” Maldonado said. “And some thought they were registered, but if you don’t vote in two general elections, the secretary of state automatically cancels it.”


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