They need copy editors to keep them from making mistakes like this one, on ballots in Chicago.
Dave McKinney of the Chicago Sun-Times reports:
The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday the problem cannot be corrected by Election Day.
The misspelling turned up on touch-screen machines in 23 wards overall. Whitney’s name is spelled correctly on the machines’ initial screens showing all of the candidates’ names, but it is misspelled on review screens that later show a voter his or her choices, said Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections.
As delicious as this story is, one comment attached to it — by Sun-Times reader “elaineland” — is even better:
Awesome T-shirts, though:
Don’t blame me, I voted for Rich Whitey
Thanks to the most excellent Phillip Blanchard for the tip.
This is the second erroneous ballot we’ve read about this year. A story published earlier this week reported absentee ballots in a Texas county that use the Chilean flag instead of the similar-but-different state flag of Texas. Read all about that one here.
You know who else needs copy editors? Google Newsâ€™ â€˜bots. And billboard companies. And rubber stamp designers. And restaurants. And the New York Jets. And the Washington Post and the New York Times. And the St. Louis Cardinals.Â And drive-in movie theater managers. And Home Depot and manufacturers of â€œhoodies.â€ And CNN. And college athletic department ticket offices. And road paving contractors. And breakfast joints. And cake decorators. And Time magazine. And sign painters. And T-shirt designers. And baseball jersey manufacturers.