Vote "Rich Whitey," candidate for the people.
In a curious case of electoral misspelling, a private vendor has misspelled the name of Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney on thousands of electronic voting machines in Chicago, dubbing him instead as "Rich Whitey," the Associated Press reports.
And the Illinois Green Party chairman is hinting that it's not so good for his candidate:
"We don't have any idea what affect that has had on voters," Huckelberry said. "I think something needs to be done above and beyond what they're doing."
Not only has the mistake made Chicago a laughingstock, he said, but "our candidate ... has been tagged with a name that really isn't that nice."
On top of that, the Chicago elections board told the AP that it will cost somewhere in the "low tens of thousands" of dollars to fix the problem.
According to a poll by Southern Illinois University, Whitney figures to pull in 2.2 percent of the vote in a close race between Republican Bill Brady and Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, who succeeded Rod Blagojevich after that whole thing with the plans to sell the Senate seat, you know, happened.
Tangentially, this opens another question: how are rich, white candidates doing these days?