In most election, when the time comes to fill in your ballot, you‚Äôre confronted with an impossibly long list of candidates ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôre 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.
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 ‚ÄúLess evil than the other guy.‚ÄĚ
Seems like the Ontario election just got a little interesting as General Zod enters the race! I haven‚Äôt seen a platform yet, but he is quoted as saying, ‚ÄúI win! I always win. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge me?!‚ÄĚ #ONpoli #ONelection2018 pic.twitter.com/K1bzAfb191
— Steve Russell (@SteveRussell) May 30, 2018