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Reader: Don’t vote for Pedro for president

Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), left, and Efren Ramirez (Pedro) are seen in this promotional movie still from the film "Napoleon Dynamite." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Aaron Ruell)
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), left, and Efren Ramirez (Pedro) are seen in this promotional movie still from the film "Napoleon Dynamite." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Aaron Ruell)

A reader whom I'll call "Charles" provides a good reason why those so inclined should leave the presidential portion of their ballot blank rather than vote for a fictitious person like "Pedro" from "Napoleon Dynamite":

I enjoy reading Huckleberries online most of the time, even the partisan comments on both sides while predictable, are often amusing. I did wonder what happens to a voted ballot that has written in "Pedro" (or similar non candidate). 

I called the clerk's office and as I understand their explanation, these ballot(s) are kicked out by the machine and the entire ballot must be processed and verified by a team of three real life folks. This creates a situation that adds time to the counting of ballots.

To some voters, their satisfaction for doing so would supersede the obvious added time to getting results and added expense (which is taxpayer money) of hand tabulation. I myself, after having this information will be leaving the president section blank.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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