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Voters’ comic outlet: the write-in

Write-in votes: a way to have a good laugh in the privacy of a polling booth, express disapproval for all the candidates, or simply demonstrate your inability to fill out a ballot.

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller has posted handwritten lists of the write-in candidates for Linn County Sheriff (Gardner defeats Zahn) and Linn County Auditor (Miller wins unopposed).

In the sheriff’s race, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Elmer Fudd, Stoney the Cat, Barack Obama (as if being president isn’t enough), None of the Above and I Don’t Know all tied with one vote each.

Daniel Craig, the steam engine who plays James Bond in the last two 007 films, got two votes, as did Barney Fife and Ozzy Osbourne.

Jesus Christ got three.

Bill Elam, the Democrat who lost to Brian Gardner in the primary, received 23 votes. Gardner and David Zahn (even though their names were on the ballot, for goodness sakes!) received four and three votes, respectively. One voter filled the oval next to the write-in option, but didn’t write anyone in. Hm.

There were more than 100 other names written into ballots in the sheriff’s race.

In the auditor’s race, Stoney the Cat once again got the call (is there a pattern here?). So did Santa, Homer Simpson, Batman, Barack Obama, Chuck Norris, Wade Wagner, Harry Potter,Wade Phillips (Dallas Cowboys head coach), Samuel Adams, Bob Dole, Rush Limbaugh, Jim Beam, Jack Kemp, Mitt Romney, Daffy Duck, Sitting Bull, Jack Sparrow (think Pirates of the Caribbean), Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse (14!), John Doe, Tom (yes, just “Tom”), Moon Peep, Bob, Be A Dem, Tom Hanks and Joe Mama.

Not Him, Anyone Else, Anyone But Him, Not Joel, None, Any Republican and NO! were among the protests voters filed against the current auditor.

Lyle Hanson, who was defeated by Miller in the Democratic primary, picked up 37 votes. Former auditor Linda Langenberg got 13.

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Dropping it like it’s hot, Miell’s on the run

Bob Miell is trying to sell off 300 buildings for $42 million. Here’s the story.

We knew the guy was in trouble, but this sort of confirms the seriousness of it.

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Staed/Schulte recount minutia

Auditor Joel Miller is documenting the process on his blog here. It’s byzantine, but seems to make sense.

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Linn building survey

Here’s the survey the Board of Supervisors have commissioned to find out where the public wants county buildings to be in the post-flood (postdiluvian, as Doug Elliott might say) era. Phone calls will start going out Wednesday: linn-county-facilities-survey-final2

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Westdale election extravaganza

Election results for Linn County will be posted on a big screen at Westdale Mall’s center court Tuesday night.

Absentee results will go up at 9:05 p.m., and the rest of the precincts will follow.

“In a perfect world, everything will be done by 9:30 p.m.,” Auditor Joel Miller said.

In this world, with all its imperfections, the final results of local races may not be announced until 10:30 p.m.

Generally, the auditor’s office is where the candidates gather to watch as the results roll in from around the county and flash on the overhead. This year, the auditor’s office will be empty, because the county administrative office was flooded in June.

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