November 6, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Charts taped on the wall outside Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center list the write-in candidates from today’s election, and range from the serious to humorous.
Ron Paul – a libertarian who ran for the Republican nomination in this year’s primaries – received 14 write-in votes for president. He was also written in for the offices of State Treasurer, Congress, General Assembly and State Representative.
Hermain Cain, who also ran for the Republican nomination earlier this year, received one write-in vote. Barack Obama, though already on the ballot, received a write-in vote for President, as did Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan.
Jesus Christ was another popular write-in candidate, receiving votes to be elected to every office on the ballet.
One Penn State student seemed determined to vote in the cast of characters from the video game Team Fortress 2. Pyro, Medic, Soldier, and Engineer – all classes in the game – were voted for in various offices.
Another student voted Ratchet for Senator – possibly from the Ratchet and Clank series of video games.
Political pundits and television personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were also both written-in, the latter being voted for in several offices.
Other write-in candidates included Han Solo, Oprah Winfrey, Captain Planet, Scooby Doo, Viktor Krum, Slenderman and Morgan Freeman.