While “Donald Duck” and “Superman” received write-in votes during the 2019 primary election in Adams County, they won’t be on the fall ballot.
Those characters were just a few of the numerous write-ins in last month’s primary.
Aside from “Mickey Mouse” and other such characters, Angie Crouse, the county director of elections and voter registration, has also seen the phrase “anyone but” to show a potential slight against the names on the ballot.
Election staff saw Adams County Assistant Solicitor Sean Mott’s name and local defense attorney Steve Rice’s name as write-ins for district attorney, as well.
Stan Clark, the county director of veterans’ affairs, also received 28 write-in votes for county commissioner, according to Crouse.
For a school board or municipal office, at least 10 write-in votes are required to be considered, Crouse said. County offices require 100 write-in votes, she said.
It matches the requirement for the number of signatures needed on petitions others obtained to get their names on the ballot, Crouse said.
Crouse pointed out that write-in votes take a lot of work to figure out.
“It needs to be hand counted,” Crouse said.
While the write-in votes have been calculated, Crouse said her office still needs to determine who is moving forward to the November ballot.
Out of all municipalities, Crouse pointed to McSherrystown Borough Council’s race as “pretty intense.”
On the Republican ballot, Mark Lookenbill obtained 93 votes, Daniel Colgan took 91 votes, William Smith Jr. had 88 votes, and incumbent Joseph Von Sas captured the least with 56 votes, according to Crouse.
For Democratic write-ins, Smith had the most votes at 64 write-ins, Lookenbill obtained 60 write-ins, Colgan came in with 53 write-ins, and George Staub had 50 write-ins, Crouse said.
Republican incumbents Michael Calderone and Robert Niedererr, who sought re-election, received 35 votes and 53 votes, respectively.
Borough council member James Forbes’ seat is up for grabs as well, he confirmed Thursday night.
Forbes said the last two elections he made it through by write-in votes.
“There were enough people to write me in that I got on the ballot,” said Forbes, who has been on the McSherrystown Borough Council since 1981 or 1982.
One Gettysburg school board seat did not have any names on the ballot, so it came down to write-in votes. Republican AmyBeth Hodges garnered approximately 60 write-in votes to get on the ballot for the two-year term position. There were not enough write-in votes to be considered from the Democratic side, election officials said.
Hodges also secured a spot for the November ballot from both Republicans and Democrats for a four-year term on the school board.
Along with Hodges, incumbent Alan Moyer, Tim Seigman, and Timon K. Linn obtained votes from both parties for the four-year term. Incumbent Alice Broadway received the highest number of votes from Democrats at 935, while Hodges took the top from Republicans at 1,167 votes, according to preliminary results.
Broadway and newcomer Michael Dickerson will also appear on the November ballot for seats on the Gettysburg school board.
The general election is Nov. 5.