In one of the longest lists of ballot write-ins ever seen by Athens-Clarke County officials, the deceased naturalist Charles Darwin received more than 4,000 write-in votes for the 10th congressional district, amongst many other names written in opposition to Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.).
“We will only count the certified candidates,” supervisor of elections and voter registration Gail Schrader, wrote in an email to The Red & Black.
Other popular write-in candidates were variants on the phrase “Anyone Else” and “Anybody But Him,” as well as “Pete McCommons” and “Pete McCommunist,” the Flagpole Magazine publisher and his fictitious character, respectively.
The write-in campaigns began after Broun’s comments on evolution and the Big Bang Theory, calling these scientific theories “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Broun carried 16,980 votes, more than four times the write-ins for Darwin. Running unopposed, he received 209,917 votes across the district, delivering the representative a third full term.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story identified Pete McCommons as a Flagpole Magazine writer. He is actually the publisher.