Rich Whitey on Ballot in Illinois: Actually it is Rich Whitney
Rich Whitney is Not Happy That His Name is Misspelled as Rich Whitney on Electronic-Voting Machines in Illinois
The Chicago Sun Times notes that his name is misspelled as 'Whitey' in nearly two dozen wards, about half of those in predominantly African-American areas, and there is not enough time to fix the problem by election day.
His name appears as Rich Whitney on the original screen on the voting machine, but is misspelled on review screens that show the voter their choices.
"This is a difficult situation. We'll make the best of it. But the important thing is the name is spelled correctly where it counts, and that's where people are making the selection," Allen said.
The city election board have said they will post a notice of all the candidates at the polling stations and Rich Whitney's name will be spelled correctly there.
Rich Whitney is not happy about the situation and is contemplating legal action.
"I don't want to be identified as 'Whitey.' If this is happening in primarily African-American wards, that's an even bigger concern," Whitney told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I don't know if this is machine politics at play or why this happened."
"In any event, whether it is or not, this has to be disconcerting to a voter, and I wonder how this will impact the vote."