Thousands reportedly vote for dead gorilla Harambe for US president on internet
The gorilla’s death sparked outrage in May after he was shot when a toddler fell into his enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo.
Some of those guilty of spoiling their votes even took to Twitter to share an image of their ballots.
Those voters who expected Trump to lose by a landslide so they put Harambe as a write-in pic.twitter.com/tfWw8T1vAH
— Ceej (@CJSTR013) November 9, 2016
— RT (@RT_com) November 10, 2016
he’s 16 https://t.co/wXP1ID3f2o
— devin (@legendarymariah) November 10, 2016
Although the reports have not been verified, the mere claim that thousands chose to ‘waste’ their vote sparked outrage online.
That’s some headass shit https://t.co/qcqUXdCB9A
— Devon Taylor (@_DTaylor55) November 9, 2016
In July, months before any votes were cast, Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling had put support for Harambe at 5 percent – ahead of Green Party candidate Jill Stein. They said that the dead gorilla’s ratings drew level with Stein in Augustat 2 percent.
Just eight states did not allow space for write-ins in this year’s presidential election.
At the time of writing, the popular vote was still being counted with Hillary Clinton holding 58,874,061 votes to Donald Trump’s58,839,749.
However, the US electoral college system means a candidate can win the popular vote while ultimately losing out on the presidency.