Now by any standard, running only on the Green Party line makes getting elected hard enough….no offense…..but it’s true. There ain’t a whole hell of a lot elected Green Party members holding office.
But thanks to the Illinois Board of Elections, underdog Whitney’s uphill battle has been twice as tough.
An error, or at least what officials are calling an error, has placed the name Rich Whitey on the electronic voting machines of 23 wards. To make matters worse, most of these 23 wards are predominantly African-American districts.
Officials say that there is no way to fix the error but now claim that 90% of the voters effected by this error will receive paper ballots with Rich Whitney’s name spelled correctly.
Human error is most likely the culprit here. Stupidity does run rampant among government agencies packed with politically appointed patronage positions. But it is really ironic that this particular mistake occurred in a very tight race for Governor, where a few hundred votes could easily make the difference . And having the Green Party candidate, a candidate that could attract liberal votes away from the Democrats line, described as a “Rich Whitey”, sure helps to insure that some black voters avoid voting for the Green Party and cast their ballot for the Democrat candidate.
No matter what though, the Democrat Board of Election of Illinois sure as hell stuck it to “Whitey” …err…Whitney.