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October 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Santa for president? Washington state write-ins finalized

If you’re unhappy with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it turns out you have some other choices for president.

Forty-three other choices, in fact.

In addition to six minor parties who qualified for the ballot — Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Virgil Goode (Constitution), Rocky Anderson (Justice), James Harris (Socialist Worker) and Peta Lindsay (Socialism & Liberation) — 37 other candidates have filed as write-in candidates with the Washington Office of the Secretary of State.

The write-ins won’t appear on ballots, which have already been mailed, but officials will look out for spelling variations and compile the results.

The office announced the full list Monday.

It includes eight Washington state residents, including three from Seattle.

Two of the more interesting names are from out of state, though: Roseanne Cherri Barr, of Atlanta, Ga., is included as a candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party.

And Santa Claus, who apparently hails from Incline Village, Nev., is listed as an independent candidate.

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