If you remember one contested ballot from the Norm Coleman vs. Al Franken recount, remember the vote for "Lizard People". The ballot made national blogs as the country pointed and laughed at our really smart voters. Now the supposed "Lizard People" voter has come forward, saying the vote was a joke. Hear the explanation in his own words.
Lucas Davenport spoke to Minnesota Public Radio. He even provided a writing sample to prove he isn't steal someone's 10 seconds of fame. From MPR:
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.The Lizard People conspiracy says that there is an alien race of shape-shifting lizard-people. President Bush is supposedly part of this race.
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."
"Because you don't have to vote. It's not mandatory. And I think that I have the right to vote for anybody I wish, even if it's a made up candidate or even myself, if I wanted to write that in," said Davenport.
What can America conclude from ballots like Davenport's? We're stupid. Or maybe just free-spirited voters, according to Politico.
While the conventional wisdom is that these recounted ballots should break the same way as the broader election results, Republicans fret that sloppy Democratic voters might mean Franken votes emerging as the recount continues. "Democrats are [thought to be] more creative, free-spirited, so the idea is they're more likely to make a mistake that the optical scan won't pick up," explains Hentges. "But when they recount the hard copy, those votes will be counted for Franken. If you talk to Republicans, they say it will be Franken's advantage, because Democrats are stupid and will screw up ballots more often."Wonkette just says Minnesota voters are idiots. No excuses:
In Minnesota, the inability to fill out a simple ballot according to very straightforward instructions knows no political party. This is why it's now a tossup as to whether Minnesotans will be represented by a buffoon with a Flowbee addiction or a buffoon who wears diapers and bunny ears.