Friday, October 15, 2010

The Worst Spell In A Long Time

I'm sorry... you cannot convince me that this misspelling was an accident. TPM:

Illinois Candidate's Name Misspelled As 'Rich Whitey' On Electronic-Voting Machines
Eric Lach | October 14, 2010, 12:06PM

There are typos and then there are complete and utter catastrophes.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled "Rich Whitey" on electronic-voting machines in 23 wards -- "about half in predominantly African-American areas." The error only occurs on screens voters would see when they are reviewing their choices (Whitney's name appears correctly on the initial screens), but officials say the error cannot be corrected before election day.

Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections, told the Sun-Times he expects 90% of votes on election day to be cast on paper ballots -- minimizing the number of voters who would see the misspelling.

And the guy's a Green Party candidate, no less. It would be funnier if he were a Republican, but the perfect joke is hard to come by these days.

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