Emotions ran high leading up to last Tuesday's state recall election, but that didn't deter some voters from having a little fun at the ballot box.
A handful used Tuesday's historic election, won by Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, as an opportunity to tout some unusual write-in candidates.
Using Twitter online, one state voter said he wrote in the name of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings as his choice for governor.
In Minocqua, town clerk Roben Haggart said four write-in ballots were tallied in the recall. One was for former Packers great Bart Starr. Another was cast for Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who was defeated in the recall primary by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
"Another ballot said 'anybody else' and another ballot had a profanity on it," Haggart said.
In previous elections, Haggart added, such things as "Donald Duck," "Mickey Mouse," "none of the above" and "anybody else" have been written in.
"There's almost always a scattering of other names that aren't on the ballot," she said.
Woodruff town Clerk Kim Albano has seen similar things over the years.
In the recall election, Albano said, one write-in vote for Kathleen Falk was cast.
No write-in votes were cast in Lac du Flambeau. In Oneida County, "Popeye" and "no name" have appeared on ballots in past elections. In Vilas County, clerk Dave Alleman said votes have been cast for "Donald Duck" and "Joe Smith."
"Many times we at the county clerk's office don't have the names of the write-in votes from the towns," Alleman said. "They are usually listed as 'scattering' in the reports they send to us."
In Arbor Vitae, Mickey Mouse was on one recall ballot, and on two others, two town residents were write-ins.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson was a write-in candidate for governor on one ballot in Boulder Junction. And Scott Walker was written in as a candidate for lieutenant governor in the same town.
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