Thursday, October 14, 2010
Will Rich Whitey Win?
As a Business Teacher, I often explain to my students how important it is to Proofread. I tell them stories of how one wrong word in a contract can cost a company a great deal of money. In this case, a typo might just cost a candidate some votes.
It appears that Election officials in Chicago say Green Party candidate Rich Whitney is listed as Rich "Whitey" on some electronic-voting machines in Chicago.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the misspelling turned up on touch-screen machines in 23 wards and it can't be corrected by Election Day.
Wow. I mean who wants to vote for a "Rich Whitey"? Doesn't it seem that everyone is tired of "The Man" and in the voters mind the man is a "rich white man"?
Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen says Whitney's name is spelled correctly onWhitney says he's considering legal action because he worries the mistake will impact the vote.
Let this be a lesson to us all. Proofread, proofread, proofread.