Write-in campaigns make for lively contest

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Associated Press

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When the appointed incumbent for the Lane County Circuit Court Position 7 mistakenly failed to file paperwork to appear on the ballot, he set in motion a lively and time-consuming write-in contest.

Incumbent Jay McAlpin ultimately won the race, but it took the Lane County Elections Department nearly two weeks to add up the results.

The Register-Guard (http://is.gd/b2HZ4D ) says election workers compiled precinct-by-precinct alphabetical lists of names written in.

Some voters took the contest in jest, writing in names ranging from cartoon character Homer Simpson to abolitionist Harriet Tubman to "Ann Heiser-Bush."

Other voters wrote in dozens of local attorneys.

Voters also appeared to write in their own names — or those of friends, foes, co-workers and neighbors — to create a roster of thousands of one-vote candidates.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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