Louisiana only recognizes five official political parties (Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Reform and Green), but that hasn't stopped voters from writing in their own party affiliations. Some findings from a list provided by Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office:
• The Louisiana Democratic Party may have foundered in last year's elections, but a plurality of Louisianans still consider themselves Democrats (1,407,917). Republicans are a distant second (773,183), just ahead of the third-place choice, which is no party at all (625,226).
• "Independent" is the fourth most popular party designation among Pelican State voters, with 43,014 people calling themselves Independents. That does not include "Indenpendent" (451), "Indepentant" (60), "Inedependant" (55), "Indepemdent" (23), "Independent LA" (6), "American Independent" (3), "Dependent" (3) or "Depends" (3).
• Other spelling problems: Fifty-nine Louisianans are registered as "Lilbertarian," 15 as "Facist," 13 as "Libertain," nine as "Libral" and two as "Enviormental."
• The Whig Party has 16 members in Louisiana. That's not to be confused with the Modern Whig Party, with three, or the Right-Wing Whig, with one.
• Other parties of one (besides the Party of One, which has one member): the Anti-Party, the Chronic Hiwaii, the Cu Tai Wou, the Discordian, the Dixiecrat, the Druid, the In-Between, the JasonJohnLeMair, the Jesus, the Minimalist, the Mug Wump, the Muslim, the Nutral, the Sub-Genius, the Survivalist and the Theocrat.
• Whose caucus would be most fun? It's a tossup between the Banana Party (20 members), the Jedi (12) and Aerosmith (3). — Kevin Allman