Posted: December 18, 2008
MN Canvassing Board decides on the Lizard People ballot
The canvassing board was finally faced with the "Lizard People" ballot that has received much attention in the press. The voter wrote in "Lizard People" on the write-in line in the Senate race without filling in the oval next to the line. He also filled in the oval for Franken in the same race. The voter wrote in Lizard People for other races as well. The board decided that this was an overvote. There was some discussion about whether the write-in was a political statement or was a reference to a person. The board members ultimately decided that Lizard People could refer to an actual person. The board previously reviewed a similar ballot where a voter had filled in the oval for Franken and had written in Jesse Ventura, a known real person, without filling in the oval next the write-in line. The board determined it to be an overvote.