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‘Barack Osama’ appears on hundreds of absentee ballots in New York.

By Ryan Powers on October 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm

"‘Barack Osama’ appears on hundreds of absentee ballots in New York."


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The Albany Times Union reports today that Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) “last name is spelled ‘Osama’ on hundreds of absentee ballots mailed out this week to voters in Rensselaer County,” New York. Both Democratic and Republican county election officials insist the error was a “honest mistake” and a “typo,” but the paper notes that “the letters ‘s’ and ‘b’ are not exactly keyboard neighbors.” During the Democratic primary, Obama’s first name was misspelled on approximately 2000 absentee ballots in Florida.


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