|"Deez Nuts" got 9 percent of the North Carolina|
electorate on his side at one point last year.
But at least they're actual candidates for President. This election cycle has brought us a horde of fake candidates like Deez Nuts, Left Shark and Toy Testicles.
The Federal Election Commission is sick of it, and they have a point, this is starting to get obnoxious.'
According to USA Today, the FEC is now cracking down on the merry and not-so-merry pranksters with their fake presidential runs.
An FEC news release says:
"The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters to filers listing fictional characters, obscene language, sexual references, celebrities (where there is no indication tht the named celebrity submitted the filing), animals or similarly implausable entries as the name or contact information of the candidate or committee."
The letters will inform the pranksters that there are potential penalties for making false filing with the federal agency, and if the jokesters don't respond to the FEC letter within 30 days, they will be taken off the FEC's website.
USA Today says there are 1,850 filers or president on the FEC data base, including Bippy the Clown and Sir Cookie Zealot.
There were only 419 filers in the 2012 election. The jump this year is probably because the FEC put up a new form so that people could easily post a "statement of candidacy" online.
This statement isn't the same as running for president, as you have to be a real person and qualify for the ballot, and candidates have to qualify for the ballot in each of the 50 states.
Still, fake candidates are making waves at times. In a North Carolina poll last year, Clinton and Trump were nearly tied with about 40 percent of the electorate each, but Deez Nuts threw off the poll by getting 9 percent of the potential vote.
I suppose you could still vote for Deez Nuts in the presidential election, but it's probably a wasted vote.