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Write-ins are off the charts in Roach-Richardson race

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm with 3 Comments »
November 2, 2010 9:14 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. AreYouHighOrWhat says:

    So funny! Who didn’t see this one coming? (LOL) How cute would it be if I wasn’t the only one to write in Eddie Vedder?

  2. tacomascene says:

    Hey, my vote was for my friend Hill Billy.

  3. flashash says:

    Count me as one who voted for Montgomery Brewster’s candidate – None of The Above.
    This is the exact reason why you don’t have 2 people from the same party against each other in the general Election. State of Washington, get your act together and fix this. Either have political party affiliations so that it becomes “us vs them” or don’t have them at all.

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