It’s Election Day, and with it comes the phenomenon of joke voting: voting for a non-candidate less as a protest than as a social media fad. In response to the widely hated major party candidates, disgruntled Americans have played fun with the idea of voting for death and damnation.
“Why vote for the lesser evil?” runs the slogan of Cthulhu for America, a Twitter celebrity with 36,900 followers. The character comes from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and is a deity/telepath of destruction and damnation. Sweet Meteor O’Death (SMOD) is the Lovecraftian demon’s major competition, and it has 37,400 followers. “Just end it already,” is the common slogan for SMOD.
Here are seven joke candidates written onto actual ballots by Americans on Election Day. May the odds be ever in their favor!
As an official supporter of the Lovecraftian entity, I must start with Cthulhu. Here’s a vote for him for president.
— Cthulhu for America (@cthulhu4america) November 8, 2016
Seriously, check out this cute kid telling you to vote Cthulhu.
— Sophia 💟 (@sophiaoswalt) November 8, 2016
Some went even further than voting for the deity, actually dressing up like it at the polls.
— Zombie Walker (@EPZombie51) November 7, 2016
Some editor at PJ Media voted for the telepath for school board.
— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) November 8, 2016
Next Page: Just end it already!
2. Sweet Meteor O’Death.
While Cthulhu might be more personal, the meteor seems to have racked up more votes.
— Simon Templar (@SimonTemplarPV) November 8, 2016
Swing low, sweet meteor…
— Chad (@chad__high) November 8, 2016
Here’s another vote. Just end it already!
I'm waiting. pic.twitter.com/9ksywI1oTZ
— Tracy Mellody (@tracymellody33) November 8, 2016
Not enough room. Must abbreviate.
— tyler stevens (@UnkleFabio) November 8, 2016
And it wasn’t just president people voted S.M.O.D. for.
Next Page: The gentle gorilla who died too early.
This guy didn’t just vote S.M.O.D., he went for Harambe, too.
And this takes the cake — voting Harambe 17 times.
I love this twist on a popular Clinton slogan.
The gentle gorilla inspires voting fashion.
There is a woman wearing a "Dicks Out for Harambe" shirt while casting her ballot at the South Salt Lake voting location #utpol
— Shut up, Bryan! (@SchottHappens) November 8, 2016
Next Page: Remember that socialist from Vermont?
4. Bernie Sanders.
Some will never give up.
— 🦠🦠CraigProQuo ⁷ 🦠🦠 (@craigmart) October 30, 2016
Feel the Bern!
— Paul's Politics (@MrXtramean) October 29, 2016
Jill Stein is so offended.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey…
— Xavier Perez (@XPerezNY) October 29, 2016
Next Page: Et Cetera.
4. English singer/songwriter Harry Styles.
what a joke well done on wasting a potentially important vote. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/uyCjvcLqbI
— 💫 (@gotdrunksonyou) November 8, 2016
5. Kylo Ren-Pikachu.
— Jonathan Hansen (@jondahutt) October 23, 2016
6. Stone Cold Steve Austin.
From Broken Skull Ranch…
— Tom Prib (@BigTomPrib) November 8, 2016
7. Ken Bone.
Last, but not least, the energy question asker Ken Bone has won a write-in vote!