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|ELVIS PRESLEY FOR PRESIDENT
October 19, 2016 - By Phil Reisman for lohud / Elvis Express Radio
Maybe you’ve just watched the third and last presidential debate, and you can’t take it anymore.
You can’t bring yourself to vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or the two third-party candidates whose names you can’t remember. To your tired mind, they’re all unacceptable.
What do you do?
Well, you could sit this one out. That is certainly an option, but such a passive act of voter protest might fail to satisfy a deep-seated need to creatively vent your disgust.
Still, there is another alternative: the fabled write-in vote.
This depressingly bizarre presidential election cycle could be a banner year for Mickey Mouse, Batman, Santa Claus, Elvis Presley — and the many other write-in “candidates,” real
or imagined, who invariably scrounge votes from the vast army of the disaffected. At the present time, I am considering the possibility of voting for my dog, Roger, despite his
troubling tendency to confuse the U.S. Mail with ISIS.
Reginald Lafayette, who is a commissioner of the Westchester County Board of Elections, said a high write-in count would not surprise him, “particularly in an election like this.” He
expects to see all the proverbial cartoon characters and made up names. Often, he said, voters simply write in, “Me.”
“They used to write in ‘Grampa Munster’ a lot,” Lafayette added, referring to the TV character played by Al Lewis, who once ran for governor of New York.
Of course, many voters take the write-in option seriously. Diehard supporters of Bernie Sanders, for instance, do not consider it a joke or even a waste of their vote to pencil in the
Vermont senator’s name. Indeed, in the annals of write-ins, Sanders could do quite well.
There is even one fun but totally far-fetched scenario that has Sanders actually winning the 2016 election. This will take a bit of explaining.
The problem for Sanders or any other popular write-in candidate not named Donald Duck is that the rules vary from state to state. Generally, they are not favorable.
According to Ballotpedia, 34 states have laws requiring presidential write-in candidates to file their candidacies in advance of the election. The postmarked deadline in New York
was Tuesday, Oct. 18. So far it appears no one has filed — though it’s possible somebody could’ve slipped in under the wire, said Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, a Rockland County
“I don’t know that voters understand that in New York, they have to be certified,” she said. “But I suspect they’re going to write in whatever they want anyway.”
Of the remaining 16 states, nine don’t count write-in votes at all. Period. End of story.
However, seven states have no filing requirements — Rhode Island, Oregon, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Sanders’ home state of Vermont.
Vermont is the key to a perfect storm of events that would have to occur for a Sanders presidency. This was explained to me by Roger Fox, who is the executive director of
Westchester 4 Bernie.
Basically, it goes as follows:
There are 538 electoral votes, out of which a minimum of 270 are needed to become president.
One hypothetical projection from a few weeks ago had Hillary at 270 electoral votes and Trump close behind with 268. The other ballot candidates, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian,
and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, (yes, I remembered their names) are not expected to carry any state.
Here’s how Vermont would come into play.
Sanders says he’s supporting Hillary, but in Vermont, where there is no filing requirement, it doesn’t matter. Willy nilly, he’s going to get write-in votes there — a lot of them. For him
to defeat Hillary in Vermont, he would need at least 130,000 write-ins, which is very doable.
Suffice to say, it is not a Mickey Mouse operation in Vermont.
“They have a voter database and have been phone banking and calling Vermont voters for six weeks,” Fox said. “It’s a solid, well-organized campaign.”
OK, so Sanders wins the state. That gives him three electoral votes, which reduces Hillary’s count to 267. Trump stays at 268, but now there is no clear winner.
That would mean the election would have to be decided by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans under Speaker Paul Ryan.
Of the three electoral vote getters, who do they pick? Bernie, of course!
That’s because the majority of GOP House members supposedly cannot stand Trump for a slew of well-documented reasons. They don’t like Hillary either.
So they go with the old gentleman of the Senate, whom they know and actually respect. Yes, Sanders is a Socialist, but he’s also an antagonist — to the Hillary wing of the
So there it is.
It’s a thin bubble and an easy one to burst.
Fox himself termed the Vermont scenario “moot,” noting that more recent electoral projections show Clinton pulling further ahead of Trump.
But in this weird election, anything seems possible.
Why, just the other day, I'm certain I saw Elvis shopping at Wal-Mart.
I told him I’d vote for him. “Thank you,” he said. “Thank you, very much.”
|Can't stand the candidates? Cast a write-in vote. Elvis Presley, the perfect write-in candidate for president