If you want a barometer for how voters feel about the choices given to them in a political race, look no further than the percentage of write-in votes.
By that measure, the Pam Roach v. Matt Richardson race for state Senate in East Pierce County is blowing the doors off the competition.
Five percent of people who cast votes in Senate District 21 wrote in somebody else’s name, based on early Pierce County returns. That’s 821 people.
It apparently won’t disrupt incumbent Roach’s march to another term. With 64 percent of the vote in her favor early Tuesday night, she is handily defeating Richardson, a Sumner city councilman.
Still, it’s interesting to note that no other contest on the Pierce County ballot comes close in terms of percentage of write-ins.
The next closest contender is the Dahlquist-Bunney race for a state House seat, with 2.12 percent of voters writing in someone else’s name. That, by the way, is also District 31, where voters apparently like to order off the menu.