Vote for Who? The Funniest Joke Candidates

In most election, when the time comes to fill in your ballot, you’re confronted with an impossibly long list of candidates — way more names than you ever saw on lawn signs.

Although the United States is for all intents and purposes a two-party system, there are actually a number of other parties that regularly run candidates and capture around one percent of the national popular vote. Most of the time, these candidates are serious politicians running in minor parties or as independents, but other times, they’re joke candidates put forward either by themselves or by a satirical party.

Here are some of the most interesting joke candidates that have run in elections around the world.

General Zod

In the recent Canadian provincial election in Ontario, there were three major parties considered for the possibility of leadership: the Progressive Conservatives helmed by Doug Ford, the Liberal Party helmed by Kathleen Wynne, and the New Democratic Party under leader Andrea Horwath. For those who were unable to stomach voting for any of the three major candidates, General Zod is there to save the day.

Lawn signs with the face of the Superman II supervillain started popping up all over Toronto, and some people are actually planning on voting for him come election day. The signs were created as a joke by a man named Zoltan Hawryluk and feature an image of Terrence Stamp as General Zod, along with the slogan “Less evil than the other guy.”

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