The 2020 Election in Schuylkill County is officially in the books. Final results were posted on the County website on Monday and that includes the certified write-in votes for the handful or so of races that were on the ballot this year.
And the results this year were about as 2020 as 2020 can be.
The Shenandoah Sentinel publisher Kaylee Lindenmuth whipped together a quick meme to highlight some of her favorites from this year’s write-ins. And this served as the inspiration for this round-up.
These are some highlights of Schuylkill County's write-in votes for this year's election.
Bobby Hill, Hank Hill, God, Jesus, Tom Brady, Spy Kids 3: Game Over, all received at least one vote. pic.twitter.com/EXva2m8F12
— Kaylee Lindenmuth (@Kaylin5171) November 24, 2020
Of course, none of these candidates even got close to winning the races for which they were entered, but it’s always fun to look at the people, celebrities, deities, cartoon characters, and even a movie who got people out to the polls in 2020.
But in a year with more local races, you never know if a handful of write-in votes or even just 1 vote could be enough to put someone into office. Crazier things have happened.
Actually, it would be fun to investigate how many elections Mickey Mouse has won across America over the years.
Schuylkill County Write-in Votes in the 2020 Election
So, let’s look at the people and things that got write-in votes cast for them in the 2020 Election in Schuylkill County. We went to the trouble of putting them into these searchable tables. We’ll call out our favorites and some notables among them all.
President of the United State Write-in Votes
Trump, Biden and Jorgensen weren’t good enough for about 153 voters in Schuylkill County this year. So we had a number of write-in votes cast here for President.
The biggest write-in vote getter this year was the Green Party candidate who Democrats forced off the ballot so as not to distract their voters with someone better than Biden. Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate, got 16 write-in votes in Schuylkill County.
Brian Carroll, the Solidarity Party candidate, got 12 votes, the second highest total.
Noted Communist sympathizer Bernie Sanders got 10 people to write his name in for President locally. Kanye got 8 here. Nationally, he did much better. (READ: How Many Votes Did Kanye West Get for President in 2020?)
Some other notables:
- New York’s lunatic Governor Andrew Cuomo got 4 votes, the same number as God.
- Anthony Fauci got 3 votes.
- Betty White, Mitt Romney and Tulsi Gabbard each got 3 write-in votes.
Others who got 1 vote include: Schuylkill County Commissioner Gary Hess, Eric Cartman, Little Marco Rubio, Pat Garrett, Tom Brady, and Vermin Supreme.
|David Lee Roth||1|
|Makayla E. Boyle||1|
US Representative – Pennsylvania 9th District Write-in Votes
Dan Meuser won this race handily and the two biggest write-in vote getters were candidates for other Congressional districts. Republican Jim Bognet secured 5 write-in votes. Matt Cartwright got 3 votes.
Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage got 2 write-ins for the office he once sought.
Others getting 1 vote that we noted: Daffy Duck, noted Pottsville resident George Lord, God, Jesus, the infamous John Liptok, potential future Schuylkill County Commissioner candidate Larry Padora, and former Rep. Tim Holden[table “263” not found /]
PA State Senator – 29th District
Dave Argall ran against no one this year so the amount of write-in candidates was pretty high, 2,105. That opened the door to some fun write-ins:
Gerald Smith got 108 votes, the most.
Former State Rep. Tim Seip got 48 write-in votes, the second highest.
Others of note and the votes they got for State Senator this year in Schuylkill County: James Rhoades (7), Bryce Harper (4), Kanye (3), Ben Franklin (1), Hank Hill (1), Rusty Shackleford (1), Spy Kids 3: Game Over (1), Thomas Pellish (1), Tim Pellish (1).
|Andrew Van Arsdale||2|
|Joseph A. Pinkey||2|
|David E Witman||1|
|George F Halcovage||1|
|Lee Ann Miller||1|
|Mike Vigoda III||1|
|Spy Kids 3: Game Over||1|
PA State Representative – 123rd District
Voters in the 123 district in Schuylkill County didn’t get very creative. Just 41 write-ins were tallied. John Leshko, the Republican primary opponent for eventual winner Tim Twardzik, got the most, 6.
God got a vote. So did Humpdy Dumpty (sic).
|ANgel L Gonzalez-Salen||1|
|Martin Salata Jr||1|
PA State Representative – 124th District
Same goes in the 124th as it did in the 123rd. Not a lot of write-in votes, just 54. The big “winner” was someone named William Burke who got 3 write-ins. Daffy Duck got 1 vote and so did Jimmy Carter.
|Earl Brady Akins||1|
|Mark Andrew Minnich||1|
|Sara Jane Bensinger||1|
PA State Representative – 125th District
In the 125th, Joe Kerwin ran alone against no one and that seems to be the thing that brings out the creativity in voters. A total of 642 write-in votes were cast. The big winner was a former State Rep. in this district, Tim Seip. The Democrat got 14 votes. Gary Hess got 10.
Others of note: Kanye (2), Bob Saget (1), Bobby Hill (1), FDR (1), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1), and Vermin Supreme (1).
|Michael John Barlow||1|
|Nathaniel A Hafer||1|
|Ruth B Ginsburg||1|
PA State Attorney General
Mickey Mouse picked up the most write-in votes for Pennsylvania Attorney General in Schuylkill County, 2. God and Gary Hess each got a vote.
|Gerald K. Kutz||1|
|John Morgan Jr.||1|
|Mark Andrew Mumich||1|
|WIlliam R Conroy||1|
PA State Auditor General
No single write-in candidate got more than a vote for Auditor General. Among the notables getting a vote were Al Gricoski, Mickey Mouse, and … actually, that’s really it.
|Mark Andrew Mumich||1|
PA State Treasurer
Finally, for State Treasurer, just one person got more than a single vote, someone named Apache Hardy, who got 2. Notables getting 1 include Kanye and Pete Rose.
|Angel L. Gonzalez-Salen||1|
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