HUNTERSVILLE – Where’s the love for Sheriff Andy Taylor?
Barney Fife and “Aunt Bee” received one vote each for Davidson commissioner in the Nov. 5 municipal election, but Taylor, the protagonist of CBS’ famed “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s, didn’t get a vote for commissioner.
There was support for Taylor in another race, however. He received a vote for Davidson mayor, but the sheriff played by the late Andy Griffith fell 1,642 votes short of unseating Mayor John Woods.
The fictional characters from the show weren’t the only non-Lake Norman residents to have ballots cast with their names on them.
Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen snared one vote in Davidson, while Donald Duck – one of the more common write-in votes in most elections – received two votes for Davidson mayor, while Mickey Mouse snared one in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education’s Precinct 1 race. Batman also picked up a vote for Cornelius mayor.
Interestingly, NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett also snared a vote for the school board, though his name was misspelled “Jarret.”
Not every vote was tongue-in-cheek.
Former Huntersville commissioner Brian Sisson received two write-in votes for the same position he held from 2001 to 2005.
Wendell Stephens posted six votes for Huntersville commissioner, which bested the five-vote threshold to be listed in the Mecklenburg Board of Elections’ official results.
Vince Winegardner received 10 votes for Davidson mayor, a position he unsuccessfully sought in 2011. The Davidson town board candidate fared better in the election for commissioner – where he got 718 votes – but he didn’t get enough support to earn a seat.
Write-ins nearly had a say in who was elected mayor of Huntersville. Incumbent Jill Swain fended off Jim Puckett by just 32 votes. Fourteen write-in votes were included in the race, with Big Bird, Spiderman and former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul accounting for one vote each.