‘Lizard People’ rules the recount

There is no doubt that the pop-culture hit of Minnesota’s recount is this disputed Beltrami County ballot:

Unless the author shows up with a handwriting sample (and possibly a urine sample), we’ll never really know “voter intent.”

But of course, there’s trusty Google, which turns up this possible explainer from Wired magazine’s “Best Conspiracy Theories”:

Lizard-People Run the World
If a science fiction-based religion isn’t exotic enough, followers of onetime BBC reporter David Icke believe that certain powerful people — like George W. Bush and the British royals — actually belong to an alien race of shape-shifting lizard-people. Icke claims Princess Diana confirmed this to one of her close friends; other lizard theories (there are several) point to reptilian themes in ancient mythology. And let’s not forget the ’80s TV show V.

Icke’s site is here, and our friends at Wikipedia offer this cold-blooded backgrounder on the broader historical phenomenon.

By the way, I give Franken that vote. Clearly, Lizard People don’t get the nod for Senate if the oval isn’t blacked in. [Hat tip on ballot publicity to MPR’s fabulous “You be the judge.”]

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Annalise Cudahy on 11/20/2008 - 09:37 am.

    Kids of today, I tell ya. Back in my day, we didn’t have Lizard People. All we had were Communists. That’s the way it was an we liked it!

    Of course, we wound up voting fer Nixon because of it … wait, who are these Lizard People and what’s their platform?

  2. Submitted by Chris Johnson on 11/20/2008 - 09:39 am.

    I agree; that vote was for Franken. It’s obvious from the above race that when the voter intends to vote for Lizard People, he or she blackens the oval next to the write-in spot.

    I suspect this was just one of many voters who in annoyance at the poor choices available to them or in lack of interest in some/most/all races, simply decided to have fun and write silly names in. I’ve been known to write my own name or other entertaining (to me) names for races where I don’t like any of the candidates.

  3. Submitted by Joanna O'Connell on 11/20/2008 - 10:34 am.

    Didn’t Frank Zappa have a song about them:

    “Lizard People, get’em out of my life”?

  4. Submitted by Cecil North on 11/20/2008 - 11:45 am.

    Uh, sorry to be a wet blanket, but I’m not ammused. If you don’t want to vote for any candidate, fine. But this kind of juvinile behavior simply indicates that the voter did not take the time or the trouble to make a serious choice. That’s how we end up with bad jokes like Coleman in Washington. The laugh’s on us.

  5. Submitted by John N. Finn on 11/20/2008 - 12:18 pm.

    I think that was Po-jama people that Zappa’s song was about.

  6. Submitted by Joel Rosenberg on 11/20/2008 - 12:47 pm.

    Sounds like it’s at least arguably an attempt to make the ballot distinctive, to me. That is, as I understand it, a no-no.

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