The write-in ballot has been a real education for me. We sifted through a about 30 thousand entries, many of them backed up by very thoughtful arguments. Thank you to all who participated.
Nominations are now closed. With one week left in the voting, we decided it is too late to add any more names to the ballot. However, I will be keeping the list handy. In July 2015, when New Horizons reaches Pluto, we will probably see "P6" (and "P7" and "P8" and ...). I have learned not to underestimate Pluto. At that time, the list will help us to select the next batch of names.
By the way, if you are a fan of one of our eight most recent additions to the ballot, please don't give up! They may be way behind in the voting, but we realize that they had a big disadvantage by not appearing till Thursday. A late surge of support is something we would surely notice.
Of course we still have a week to go, so anything can happen!