Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What's in a name - Updated

Wingnuttia in a dither today over allegedly fraudulent petition signatures:
MADISON, Wis. -- The signatures of Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler will be counted on recall petitions targeting Gov. Scott Walker as long as they are properly dated and include a Wisconsin address, the board charged with reviewing the petitions was told Tuesday. [...]

"We will flag them, but we will not strike them without challenge," Buerger said after being asked whether Mickey Mouse's signature would be counted. He noted that in previous recall petitions, Adolf Hitler's name was struck because the address given was in Germany, not because of the name itself.
This comes up every time the Republicans and conservatives want to justify their voter suppression tactics. So on a whim, I just did a quick check on Google. There is actually someone listed in the white pages directory as Mickey Mouse. In fact, there several people with the surname Mouse. No Adolph Hitlers showed up, but there were three with the last name so it's possible there's a real person out there with that name too. I mean, besides that unfortunate baby with the crazy parents who was involved in the birthday cake scandal.

Update: Thanks to Steve M. in comments for dropping this link. The story isn't even true.

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Blogger Steve M. said...

Did you see that this story was debunked?

4:14:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I did not. Thanks for the link Steve.

8:53:00 PM  

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