Glynn County voters still turn to Jesus, more often than not, when it’s time to cast a protest vote.
The son of God pulled 13 votes during the May 22 elections, in which voters were allowed to write-in candidates for office in the nonpartisan races, which included most judicial races and one seat on the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission. Of those 13 votes, six were for state Supreme Court seats, six were for state Court of Appeals seats, and one was for the seat of Glynn County Superior Court Judge Roger Lane.
God did less well, garnering 11 votes — four for the Supreme Court, seven for the Court of Appeals. Following Jesus and God in popularity was the always-dependable “Anybody Else,” who received five votes for Supreme Court, three votes for the Court of Appeals and two votes for Glynn County Superior Court.
Snow White received a Supreme Court vote, as did Catwoman. Snoopy, Woodstock and Linus received votes for the Court of Appeals. Surprisingly, the usually popular Batman was shut out, but the Joker got away with one vote for the Supreme Court. Other characters — or groups thereof — picking up votes included Dagwood Bumstead, Cinderella, Santa Claus, “Mighty Dog,” Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Elmo, “Paw Patrol,” Peppa Pig, Red Riding Hood and Spongebob Squarepants.
Among real, living people, President Donald Trump pulled eight votes spilt between the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, but former President Barack Obama garnered nine votes, including one for Lane’s seat. Voters also wrote in the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Oprah Winfrey. State Sen. William Ligon received six votes, also split between the state’s two highest courts.
Though being write-in votes for judicial offices, those votes tended to include a good many serving judges and practicing attorneys. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley received four votes for the Supreme Court and another four for the Court of Appeals. Stephen Scarlett and Anthony Harrison — already serving as Glynn County Superior Court judges — both received votes for Lane’s seat.
And for the JWSC, people made their opinions known by writing in “Does Not Affect Me” and “Yes To Joints.”