14,000 People Probably Didn't Vote For Harambe To Be The Next US President

The write-in process is a lot more complicated than you think.

Photos are circulating on social media of people voting for Harambe, the gorilla who was shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo in May, as a write-in.

There are now reports circulating that more than 14,000 people voted for Harambe as the next president of the United States.

People were furious.

A lot of people felt that the votes for Harambe had gone to waste and could have impacted the results of the election.

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Some, however, couldn't resist the urge to make jokes.

The 11,000 number appears to have been made popular through this tweet, which was retweeted more than 58,000 times.

An Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account later tweeted a "report" that Harambe received more than 14,000 votes.

However, voting for a write-in candidate is a lot more complicated than simply writing down a name on the ballot.

First, write-ins are only allowed in some states.

Furthermore, in most states that allow write-ins, candidates are required to file paperwork months ahead of the election in order to have their votes tallied.

Votes for candidates who did not file will be lumped together into a single "other" category.

In conclusion, while people probably voted for a dead gorilla to be the next president of the United States, there is no way to know exactly how many votes Harambe garnered.

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