Vote for Darwin! Write-In Campaign for a Dead Scientist Garners Him 4000 Votes

In criticism of their creationist congressional representative, electorate in Athens-Clark County, Georgia, threw their weight behind a father of evolutionary biology.

Darwin for Congress/Facebook

Most write-in possibilities don’t get really many votes. And, in general, passed people don’t run a best campaigns. But notwithstanding these challenges, on Tuesday 4,000 people in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, wrote in a name Charles Darwin as their claimant for Congress.

That wasn’t adequate votes to better a obligatory Paul Broun, a Republican who believes a Earth was combined in 6 days. Broun sits on a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

On Oct 5, a video of Broun job evolution, embryology, and a Big Bang “lies true from a array of hell” was posted to YouTube. In a days following, University of Georgia plant biologist Jim Leebens-Mack started a Darwin for Congress Facebook page. Other people in a area, including radio horde Neal Boortz, had a same idea, all during about a same time, and a thought fast took off. Broun had no central challenger in a race.

With 4,000 votes for Darwin so far, Leebens-Mack told me a sum is “a small bit aloft than we was expecting,” but, he continued, “as word of mouth spread, it was transparent to me that, during slightest in Athens, there was going to be a large opinion for Darwin.” Still it doesn’t come tighten to Broun’s tally, that is only underneath 17,000 in Athens-Clarke county alone, and exceeds 200,000 via his district. No series would have altered a fact that Broun would keep his seat: write-in possibilities who have not filed a notice of vigilant can't win bureau in Georgia.

Darwin might have been a quite pleasant and desirous choice for a write-in candidate, though come 2014 Leebens-Mack is looking brazen to anticipating a claimant who is not only receptive though living, too. He hopes that this year’s debate “inspires folks in both a Democratic and Republican parties, and Independents too for that matter, to comprehend that Broun is exposed and that it’d be value putting a critical claimant adult opposite him.”

Article source: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/vote-for-darwin-write-in-campaign-for-the-dead-scientist-garners-him-4-000-votes/265030/

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