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'Make a serious statement'

Many thought the choice for president was between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

But former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Libertarian, also ran. And Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Voters had still another option – writing in a candidate.

Of more than 40,000 votes for president in Whiteside and Lee counties, a grand total of 110 voters wrote in candidates' names.

So, who got those votes?

A few went to Republican Ron Paul, the quirky Texas congressman. His libertarian supporters are persistent.

At least one Whiteside County voter cast a ballot for Mickey Mouse, reports County Clerk Dana Nelson.

That voter was 4 years late. Mickey Mouse ran for president in 2008. And don't doubt that; there is an entire website for his campaign. He even had a slogan: "Make a serious statement."

One of the site's frequently-asked-questions list: "What's serious about this? Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character!"

The site acknowledged the point, but argued, "If every voter who is disgusted with the candidates ... writes in Mickey Mouse, however, then, by law, that name must be reported. Imagine the impact if 25 percent, 30 percent, even 40 percent of voters do this!"

Mickey Mouse's running mate?

Donald Duck, of course.

Another Whiteside County voter chose 90-year-old actress Betty White, who stars in "Hot in Cleveland."

That voter had some basis for choosing White. In 2011, she announced on Craig Ferguson's "The Late Late Show" that she would run.

Other than a Facebook page touting her candidacy, White did little else for her cause. In fact, she ended up endorsing Obama.

Perhaps that put the president over the top.

David Giuliani is a reporter for Sauk Valley Media. He can be reached at dgiuliani@saukvalley or at 800-798-4085, ext. 525. 

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