Rich Whitey, Candidate for Governor

The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney (G) is misspelled as 'Whitey' on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen Chicago wards -- about half in predominantly African-American areas.

While Amanda Hess has garnered Typo of the Week honors — and is surely in the running for Typo of the Year —  Taegan Goddard has a nomination at least worthy of Honorable Mention:

The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney (G) is misspelled as ‘Whitey’ on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen Chicago wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — but election officials said the problem cannot be corrected by Election Day, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

At least, I’m assuming that it’s a typo.   Now, granted, the Green candidate was unlikely to win, anyway.    But “Rich Whitey” is going to have a hell of a time picking up votes in Chicago’s black precincts, unless he gets points for truth in labeling.

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Comments

  1. Franklin says:

    Judas Priest on a pony (as my middle school music teacher liked to say).

    Changes can’t be made on an electronic voting machine? Are you f***ing kidding?

    Why don’t they just call the U-M profs who showed how easy it is to hack the machines … maybe they can change the name for them. WTF, man. Who paid for these machines, and who programmed them? Idiots, all of them.

  2. Brummagem Joe says:

    Jim this made me laugh.

  3. The Q says:

    I thought this was gonna be an article about Meg Whitman’s campaign for gov. of california