Six hundred and three LaPorte County voters chose to write in candidates for U.S. president rather than vote for one of those on the ballot. Let’s take a look at some of those 603 alternate choices, provided by the LaPorte County Clerk’s Office:
— The most popular write-ins: Green Party candidate Jill Stein, former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Independent candidate Evan McMillan.
— Among other political write-ins (some living, some deceased): John McCain, Abraham Lincoln, Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Ryan, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Barack Obama, Harry Truman, “other Republican,” Joe Biden, Rand Paul, Tom Dermody, Franklin Roosevelt, Carly Fiorina, Darrell Castle, Al Gore, Chris Christie, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz.
— Sports figures: Cubs manager Joe Maddon, Cubs president Theo Epstein, Cubs player Kris Bryant, Cubs player Anthony Rizzo, IU basketball coach Tom Crean.
— Cartoon characters: Kermit the Frog, Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse.
— Entertainment figures: E.T., Alice Cooper, Yoda, Jimmy Buffett, Jesse Ventura, Ted Nugent, Sandra Bullock, Pat Paulsen.
— Religious figures: Jesus Christ, God.
— Others: Ken Bone (sweater-wearing debate attendee), “Anyone Else,” “The Dude,” “Hillbilly,” “Sweet Meteor of Death,” “None of These Fools.”