Charles Darwin Gets Thousands of Write-In Votes from Those Fed Up with Paul Broun

"I voted for Charles because the country needs to know we are not all idiots down here," said Sara Baker.


Charles Darwin may be dead, but he's still the Congressional choice for thousands of voters in Athens.

In Tuesday's election, 16,980 Athens votes went to Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, a vehement opponent of evolutionary theory.

A vigorous write-in campaign by Athenians opposed to Broun produced around 4,100 votes for variations on the name Darwin, one of the original evolutionists, according to a write-in list released by elections officials. That's close to one Darwin vote for every four received by Broun, who was unopposed on the ballot.

"I think it definitely sends a message to Broun, and the country, that there are intelligent people in Georgia embarrassed by him who are saying that Broun is not their representative," said former Athens-Clarke County Mayor Gwen O'Looney.

Many people said they had simply had it with Broun after he said that evolution was a "lie straight from the pit of hell." What especially galls numerous University of Georgia faculty members is that Broun, who believes the earth is 9,000 years old, sits on the U.S. House Science Committee.

So what began as a protest by a plant biologist escalated into a movement that had people protesting on Broad Street, creating buttons and T-shirts and even dressing like Darwin to get the word out. On a more serious note, university faculty members encourage people to sign petitions calling for Broun to be removed from the science committee.

The final write-in votes for Darwin across the 10th District aren't yet available, but Athens Patch will report them when they are. Other write-in votes went to A bag of Rocks, A Human Being with a Brain or at least not a Religious Fanatic, an ape, Any Sentient Being, and Anyone and his brother, Anyone Else, among others.

Somewhere, Thomas Henry Huxley is smiling.

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Odin November 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
People who say "I want religion to guide politics," should really be saying "I want MY religion to guide politics." They want to impose their own beliefs on others. That's un-American. That's intolerance.
Rebecca McCarthy November 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Thanks for your comments everyone.
Chuck November 11, 2012 at 01:31 PM
"I'm proud of Paul Broun for speaking the truth." What Broun claims is not the truth. The fact you say it is truth, does not make it so. That is YOUR opinion. It is also a pretty clear indication of the level of intelligence you possess.
Bobby McCreery November 12, 2012 at 05:16 AM
How can you call this journalism when your comments and article indicate such obvious bias? Your lead quote is an angry woman calling everyone who doesn't agree with her idiots. What a disgrace.
Bobby McCreery November 12, 2012 at 05:18 AM
At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. Right......


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