Lizard People

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

I Voted Today!

And I had to use the write-in option again for at least one of the offices.

I’m not saying I was the guy. I’m not saying I wasn’t. But someone somewhere voted for Lizard People. I suspect it could be the start of a movement.

On the U.S. Senate section of the ballot, the oval for Al Franken was filled in. But at the bottom was a write-in for Lizard People. Lucas Davenport says it was meant as a joke.

“I don’t know if you’ve heard the conspiracy theory about the Lizard Men,” said Davenport. “A friend of mine, we didn’t like the candidates, so we were at first going to write in revolution, because we thought that was good and to the point. And then, we thought the Lizard People would be even funnier, and there was kind of a running inside gag between some friends and I.”

Lizard People refers to the conspiracy theory there’s a race of shape shifting lizards masquerading as humans who rule the world, but Davenport doesn’t consider himself a believer.

The vote was thrown out for having more than one name indicated, a decision the Franken campaign has challenged. But the ballot instantly attracted national attention.

Some people posted angry responses on blogs, accusing the unknown voter of wasting a vote in the too-close-to-call race.

Davenport, a contractor who lives in Bemidji, Minn., says that’s why he finally decided to come clean.

“I mean, it was on ‘Hardball,’ and there was serious discussion about it, it’s ridiculous. If Lizard People, in plural, is written in on the ballot, I don’t think it should be taken seriously, whatsover, and this animosity is just wonderful,”


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  1. BobbyK
  2. terryhallinan

    I may never know.  

    The Justice Party claimed a vote for Rocky Anderson counted in New York though they never got on the ballot.

    Not often you even get a chance to vote for an actual liberal like the blessed people of Massachusetts did and even won with Elizabeth Warren against the worst kind of retrograde.

    There is always a little light in the tunnel and not necessarily from an oncoming locomotive.

    Best,  Terry

  3. BobbyK

    That’s bullshit!

    If you follow the link for the article above, Lucas Davenport actually had the media analyze his handwriting to prove he was the guy the fuss was all about. I say good on him. If I ever got within shouting distance of Chris Matthews he’d be feeling more than a tingle.

    Personally, I’m all in favor of protest votes.

    The first time I ever even heard of the Lizard People vote was during the 2000 Florida presidential recount. I tried to look up an article referencing that but couldn’t find one quickly so I went with the article above from Franken’s 2008 senate race.

    I actually didn’t write in Lizard People this time like I did in 2010 (or maybe I did and I’m lying for sport like was suggested in another article here). I wrote in for a third party candidate not listed on my ballot. If my state eventually decides to go electronic I’ll go absentee ballot so there will always be a paper record.

    My vote has value and I won’t have it taken for granted. Ever. My vote has to be earned. I may be only one vote, but I am ONE VOTE, and they are forced to count me every time I show up and vote.

    Every election is the most important vote ever and I vote in every election.

    And protest votes can add up. Sometimes it’s a thorn in their side. And sometimes a protest vote is the most important vote ever. Death by a thousand cuts sounds painful. Paper ballots can be sharp along the edges.

  4. BobbyK

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