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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Cartoon mouse is perennial candidate

  • County residents might not know about a world famous mouse that has garnered longtime support from Kiowa County voters.


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  • County residents might not know about a world famous mouse that has garnered longtime support from Kiowa County voters.
    Though his employment as a popular cartoon mouse seems to suit him, Mickey Mouse has seemingly set his sights on political office in Kiowa County, on more than one occasion.
    Election records show that between 2008 and 2011 the lovable Disney character, who began his career as a loveable river captain in the 1928 animated short film “Steamboat Willie,” has received six write-in votes for various state and county positions.
    A popular U.S. protest vote “Mickey Mousing” is a widespread occurrence that appears in all types of balloting from presidential elections to small community voting.
    Some estimate that Mickey Mouse receives between 20,000 and 30,000 votes in any presidential election.
    “It is a sign of voter dissatisfaction with the system itself,” said Chapman Rackaway, associate professor of Political Science at Fort Hays State University. “These voters understand that it is their civil duty to vote but they cannot stomach voting for one of the major parties. So they just come up with a name off of the top of their head.
    “It is part of a larger phenomenon of voters not identifying with one of the major parties and having no candidate that can consolidate those votes into a single candidate.”
     
    Mickey Mouse
    •  April 5, 2011 for Hospital Board
    •  Aug. 5, 2008 for 116th State Representative
    •  April 3, 2007 for County Sheriff
    •  April 3, 2007 for County Attorney
    •  April 3, 2007 for District 17 Judge
    •  Nov.12, 2008 for Register of Deeds
     
    Donald Duck
    •  Aug. 5, 2008 for Precinct Committeeman
    •  Nov. 4, 2008 for Register of Deeds
    • . Nov. 4, 2008 for Kiowa County Attorney
     
    Don’t Know
    •  Aug. 5, 2008 Precinct Committeeman
     
    Joe Blow
    •  Aug. 5, 2008 Mullinville Committeeman
     
    Deputy Dog
    •  Nov. 4, 2008 for Kiowa County Sheriff
     
    Zorro
    •  Nov. 4, 2008 for Kiowa County Sheriff
     
    Santa Claus
    •  Nov. 12, 2008 for Kiowa County Clerk
     
    John Wayne
    •  Aug. 3, 2010 for Precinct 5 Committeeman
     
    Wonderwoman
    •  Aug. 3, 2010 for Precinct Committeewoman

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