Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Write-in votes: Jennifer Roberts for mayor?

Jennifer Roberts for mayor? Sure, say some voters.

The former Mecklenburg commissioners chair and congressional candidate received 18 write-in votes in the recent election for Charlotte mayor, according to  a report on the Nov. 5 election. That's the highest for any write-in candidate. (ICYMI: Democrat Patrick Cannon is the new mayor-elect.)
Jennifer Roberts

Others receiving a nod for mayor were interim Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey, with 5 votes. City Councilman James Mitchell, a Democrat who lost in his party's primary to become mayor, got 7 votes.

Get the full list of write-in votes at

A couple things to note: While the board of election must keep a tally of all people who receive write-in votes, the list above only identifies people whose names were written at least five times on the ballot.

In addition to mayor, the list also includes write-in votes for Charlotte City Council, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and town races on the November ballot.

So are any non-politicians on the list?

Well, Observer Deputy City Editor Doug Miller reports that NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. always does well, according to the elections board. But Dale Jr. is ineligible for office because he's not a city resident. -- April Bethea