Write-in votes show variety of choices among Decatur County voters

Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 11, 2016

By Powell Cobb

Managing Editor

Among the ballots cast for candidates on the ticket this Election Day were thousands of write-in votes ranging from the serious to the downright silly.

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Decatur County Sheriff write-in candidate David Benjamin received the most write-in votes for any race Tuesday with 197 (not including absentee votes). Benjamin campaigned against Sheriff race winner Wiley Griffin (incumbent) throughout the summer leading all the way to Election Day.

David Cutchin, who ran against Griffin during the May Primary Election, received 86 write-in votes for the position of Sheriff.

Elvis Presley, Snoopy and Alabama football coach Nick Saban were other standout write-in votes for Decatur County Sheriff.

Elmo and George Washington were standout write-in votes for the U.S. Presidential race, among many votes for Bernie Sanders, Evan McMullin and even three for Jesus Christ.

A voter in Climax wrote in Jerry Seinfeld for the U.S. Senate race.

Country music star Willie Nelson was written in for the U.S. House of Representatives race and the South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney race.

Other District Attorney choices were Jack Daniels, Spongebob and Ted Nugent.

Captain Underpants was a voter’s choice at the Bainbridge Coliseum for the State Senate seat, along with Dr. Pepper advertisement icon Larry Culpepper and Santa Claus.

Mickey Mouse was chosen by a voter in Recovery to be the Clerk of Superior Courts, and Minnie Mouse was voted on for the same position at the Coliseum. Their friend Donald Duck was written in as a vote for Tax Commissioner in Attapulgus.