Our ballots often have blank spaces for the various positions like election judges, inspector of elections, etc. Because no one wants to run for the office. They don’t want to bother with petitions, filing fees and all of that nonsense. So for years, I would just write in someone’s name. Sometimes a friend, sometimes George W Bush or Bill Clinton, doesn’t matter. This past election, I wrote in my own.
This week, I received a letter from the county. They were informing me that I had finished in a four-way tie at one vote a piece for Inspector of Elections in my ward. I had always thought you needed 10 votes minimum for this sort of thing to be valid.
Yesterday there was a random drawing to break the tie and my name was pulled.
First I want to thank all my supporters (me) for their votes. This was a hard fought campaign and I deserve great credit for standing up and supporting me and voting for myself.
Second, I guess now that I have been elected, I have to do this. I have actually worked the polls in the past, just not since I moved to PA. I actually have enjoyed it. Of course, my ward is not terribly exciting since its very small. I think it was a bit of an afterthought when they drew the district lines. In any case, I think I will be lucky to get 100 people for most elections and maybe 400 for a presidential election.
So note to self, don’t write in your own name on the ballot, unless you are actually running for the office.
Note number two, if you do want to win the office, make sure you tell your wife to vote for you as well. Then you can win outright without the need for drawing ping pong balls.