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Remember Monica Geller, the character from "Friends"? Somebody else in York County does, too. The Type-A chef joined Papa Smurf, Jedi Master Yoda and Satan as one of dozens of write-in candidates for auditor general.
Yorkers posted an entertaining list of 3,091 write-in candidates for a variety of offices Nov. 6, but that's fewer than the 3,381 write-in votes cast in 2008, said Nikki Suchanic, director of the York County Department of Elections
and Voter Registration.
No write-in candidates won this year, but the votes are often cast as a statement of dissatisfaction instead of with the expectation of victory, she said.
In York County, Hillary Clinton was slightly more popular than Jesus for president. Big Bird, his future employment apparently threatened during the race, took votes for both attorney general and auditor general.
Many of the write-in subjects, such as Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart and Abraham Lincoln, are deceased. There were numerous nods to pop-culture icons, such as Batman, Garfield and the cereal-peddling Captain Crunch, though his name was spelled incorrectly.
U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, received dozens of votes for the seat from which he's retiring.
Provisional: While the write-ins are added to total vote counts for the election, less than half of the 805 serious-minded provisional ballots cast Nov. 6 were legal votes, Suchanic said.
Only 358 ballots will be counted because, after elections officials spent 10 days sifting through the ballots, those were the only ones received from verified registered voters, she said.
Though there were fewer provisional ballots cast this year than during the presidential election of 2008, Suchanic said more of the ballots will count. There were 831 provisional ballots cast in 2008, but only 351 were valid votes, she said.
Officials research each ballot to make sure the voter was registered, counting votes for only those who were, she said.
Provisional ballots are cast when voters don't appear in the register for a polling place or there's another question about voting eligibility. Most of the provisional ballots cast in this month's election were people who either went to the wrong polling place or thought they were registered but weren't, she said.
Voters are, after several years of not voting, removed from the rolls.
Ballots are counted for people who lost track of where they were registered and voted at the wrong polling place, unless they voted for a state representative or senator who doesn't represent their actual district, she said.
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