Finally, a chance to vote for Osama

One New York county mistakenly lists "Barack Osama" on hundreds of absentee ballots.

By Alex Koppelman
Published October 10, 2008 8:20PM (EDT)

If you live in Rensselaer County, N.Y., and you're looking to mark your absentee ballot for Barack Obama, you may be out of luck, at least for now.

Officials mailed out approximately 300 absentee ballots that list not Obama but "Barack Osama," the Albany Times Union reports. The paper also says that officials on both sides say it was just a mistake.

"No question this is an honest mistake innocently done," Edward McDonough, the Democratic commissioner, told the paper. "We catch almost everything."

Thus far, three voters have reportedly called in to report the error -- new ballots are being mailed to them.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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