Lots of write-in votes in Saline County

November 11, 2016 - 3:47 am
SALINA, Kan.  — One central Kansas county had its vote counting slowed by a large increase in write-in votes. The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/2fI5Nbx ) reports that the nearly 1,300 write-in votes in Saline County were more than three times more than were cast in the 2014 general election. County Clerk Don Merriman says that every time the machine saw a write-in, it stopped counting. Besides legitimate write-in votes, some people wrote in "Anybody but" or "None of the above." There also were votes cast for Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Jesus.
Unofficial totals, which didn't include the write-in votes, weren't announced until shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday. The count that included the write-ins was finished shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. For general elections, voters have a right to put down any name they choose.
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