Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate's Name Misspelled as 'Whitey' on Ballot

An Illinois gubernatorial candidate's name reportedly is misspelled as "Whitey" on the touch-screen voting machines in a number of wards with a majority of black voters.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rich Whitney, the Green Party candidate, is contemplating legal action after election officials said there's nothing they can do about the misspelling before Election Day.

"Whitey" turned up in 23 wards. The name shows up correctly on the initial screen but not on the screen that allows voters to review their choices.

"This is a difficult situation. We'll make the best of it," a Chicago election official told the newspaper, adding that the name is spelled right "where it counts" and that most voters will use paper ballots anyway.

Whitney questioned whether "machine politics" was at work.

"I don't want to be identified as 'Whitey.' If this is happening in primarily African-American wards, that's an even bigger concern," he said.

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