Oct 13, 2008

Barack Obama becomes 'Barack Osama' in Ballot

Barack Osama
'Osama' is one of the candidates in the US Presidential Election! Everyone knows what 'Osama' we are talking about. It is none other than Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group al Qaida, who was behind the September 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City.

How a terrorist became a candidate? Well, it was just in papers. In the absentee ballots sent to voters in Rensselaer County, the name of the presidential candidate "Barack Osama" was printed as "Barack Osama"! Take a look at the image above. So, it was a typographical terror.

This mistake was first reported by the Albany Times Union. Soon the elections office shredded the remaining "Osama" ballots and faxed a statement in which two commissioners regretted for the error. They also mailed correct versions of the paper to nearly 300 people, who had already received them.

Well, Rensselaer County termed it an innocent mistake and the District Attorney said that the incident wouldn't be investigated as a crime. Still, we wonder what those three proof readers in Rensselaer County office were doing, when the typo occurred?


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