* I would make a stupid wisecrack about Whitney losing black votes over this, but that would be so very wrong…
The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday the problem cannot be corrected by Election Day.
The misspelling turned up on touch-screen machines in 23 wards overall. Whitney’s name is spelled correctly on the machines’ initial screens showing all of the candidates’ names, but it is misspelled on review screens that later show a voter his or her choices, said Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections.
Whitney went there, however…
“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.”
It seems odd that the machines can’t easily be reprogrammed to correct this. But it is only happening on review screens, not the original voting screen, so it isn’t as horrible as it could be.
* On to someone with a brighter political future. As I told subscribers today, there’s a big unaddressed question in this Sun-Times story…
Top tip . . .
Sneed hears rumbles Attorney General Lisa Madigan is eyeing a bid to run for mayor of Chicago.
• Fact: The election for statewide offices is Nov. 2.
• Fact: The filing deadline for Chicago mayoral candidates is Nov. 22.
• The kicker: “The day after the Nov. 2 statewide elections, when Lisa is expected to be re-elected, she then … could do anything she wants,” said a top Dem source.
• Lisa’s response (via a press spokesman): “She is focusing on her race for attorney general.
• Sneed’s retort: “Is that a ‘yes’ or a ‘no?’”
• Lisa’s response (via a press spokesman): “She is in Rockford today campaigning. She is focusing on running for attorney general.”
• Lisa Lore: Madigan, a devoted mother of two daughters — who shocked everyone with her new look on the cover of Sherren Leigh’s popular Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, is a top statewide vote-getter and a favorite amongst women voters. Her father, powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan, is head of the state Democratic Party.
• The big question: Will Lisa shock all the boys battling for the mayoral mantle and enter the fray on Nov. 3?
If she wins the mayor’s race, she has to resign her attorney general post. The governor would appoint her replacement. I’m somewhat doubtful that she would want Republican Bill Brady to do that. Stranger this have happened, but I’m just not sure she want that. We’ll see.
*** UPDATE *** WBEZ’s Allison Cuddy interviewed AG Madigan on “Eight Forty Eight” this morning. As a commenter noted, while Madigan’s statement was not exactly Shermanesque, it sure looks like her answer is “No.” Listen…
Cuddy: You have not definitively ruled out whether or not you’ll run (for mayor)
LMadigan: I think I have. I just don’t think it’s been reported that way.
Cuddy: Are you going to run for mayor?
LMadigan: No, my goal is to serve as your attorney general.
Received a Robo Call for Lisa and David Miller yesterday, text below.
Hi this is kate parker calling, As an Illinois Taxpayer I have been deeply frustrated by corruption in the state government thats why I am supporting proposales by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and comptroller nominee David Miller to crack down on ethics violations. Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Nominee David Miller both led efforts to investigate Rod Blagojevich’s illegal acts. They are fighting to make sure crooked politicians don’t receive taxpayer funded pensions. Please remember to vote early for Attorney General Lisa Madigan and comptroller nominee David Miller. This Message paid for by Citizens for Lisa Madigan and Citizens for David Miller.
===he could still theoretically apoint her before Brady is sworn in. ===
The mayoral election is well after the inauguration. Do you think she’d really give up her day job?
- Phineas J. Whoopee - Thursday, Oct 14, 10 @ 12:33 pm:
Rich Whitey-I’m still chuckling
I may be wrong, but this probably only matters-if at all- for early voting because the vast majority of election day ballots are paper. Has anyone checked the spelling on the paper ballots?
If they say Rich Whitey, Mr Whitney may atually turn green.
Green party canidate Rich Whitey, you just cant make this stuff up.
ironicaly one of Whitney’s biggest failures in this race has been generating campaign dollars. So the poorest canidate in the race is Rich Whitey for the green party…..
- frustrated with press - Thursday, Oct 14, 10 @ 12:44 pm:
That photo certainly is odd. What was the intention? So, it is established that she is not running for mayor as everyone has pointed out. Mayor (or governor) would mean a lot of tough, unpopular decisions. Her current job allows her life of moral proclamations which she loves. Especially about sex offenders. Ugh.
The old adage I go back to with any professional at the top of his or her game is Nick Saban saying, “I’m not going to be the next coach of Alabama”. Boy, he sure told the truth on that one. But unlike Coach Saban and most politicians, I believe Lisa enough that I think she’s holding her cards for the 2014 gubernatorial primary and, most likely, general elections.
The electronic voting machines cannot be easily reprogrammed before an election. This was one simple feature of the somewhat unjustly maligned punchcard ballot system that was actually much better. Ballot revisions were much easier then.
The real problem with the electronic voting units is that in the event of prolonged election challenges which include judicial review litigation, the election authorities cannot revise the ballot on the touch screens. This results in voters casting votes for candidates who have sometimes been removed from the ballot or those who voluntarily chose to withdraw and their votes end up being suppressed. All that the election boards can do is print up notices in order to try to remind voters if a candidate who has been disqualified or withdrawn is still on the electronic screen with the suggestion that the voters select an active candidate.
Given the closeness of the primary between Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, one wonders if the Republican nomination would have turned out differently if a few thousand votes cast for Schillerstrom (who withdrew) were tossed in the direction of an active candidate.
I have to hand it to the chicago democratic party. Each day, no matter how many of you go to jail, do stupid things in government, you just create stuff like this whitey thing that go beyond belief. While of course I oppose it as dirty politics, you have to admire a party that thinks this sort of stuff up. if only they were as good at governing.
Last year they printed the Democratic Party primary ballots on green colored paper so that when people asked for a “Green” ballot, they got the Democratic Party ballot. Now this. It’s no wonder that the Democrats and Republicans don’t want the Green Party, which is a legally established political party statewide, to be allowed to appoint election judges in Illinois!
The fact that the Speaker gave the okay for Mike Kasper to be Rahm’s election lawyer would seem to be a pretty good indicator that Lisa’s not running. But…
- grand old partisan - Thursday, Oct 14, 10 @ 1:44 pm:
=== he could still theoretically apoint her before Brady is sworn in ===
If she resigned before the inauguration, I believe Quinn would only get to appoint a replacement for the term that is expiring. Brady would get to fill the vacancy that occurs when she declines to be sworn in for the following term.
oh please, she’s not running. it’s just a rumor to try and scare another potential candidate from running. apparently the Mack truck that Rahm is driving cannot be large enough for his comfort, he has to keep warning other drivers that another large truck will enter the roadway.
This Whitney/Whitey thing is a big problem, mostly because it will confuse people who planned to vote for Rich Miller as a write-in who will now mark this choice thinking he made the ballot after all.
- Quinn T. Sential - Thursday, Oct 14, 10 @ 2:22 pm:
The question was not posed as to whether she would succumb to the DRAFT LISA FOR CHICAGO groundswell movement that is planned and orchestrated to commence at fever pitch on November 3rd.
The road to hell is paved with the best intentions. The road to the 5th floor of Chicago City Hall is paved with the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men.
- Phineas J. Whoopee - Thursday, Oct 14, 10 @ 2:26 pm:
If the nationwide trend collapses the Democratic control of the house, Rahm’s going to take the hit, which will mean lots of ammo for his opponents to use.
If it really starts to look bad for Rahmbo, the almighty powers that be might have to go to plan B. No way MJM lets Dart sneak in. I imagine it would take Lisa about a half a day to get the signatures.
===The fact that the Speaker gave the okay for Mike Kasper to be Rahm’s election lawyer would seem to be a pretty good indicator that Lisa’s not running. But… ===
That’s an interesting development. Especially if Burt Odelson is the attorney leading the charge challenging Rahms residency. Odelson vs Kasper is always interesting. Kasper is very smart but I don’t think as sharp as Burt. That fight will be interesting to handicap.
The advantage of Lisa being Mayor for Team Madigan is that it means MJM would feel less pressure to retire. She could conceivably be Mayor for 8 years and then run for governor whilst he stays running the House until 2018.
The disadvantage is that any time the State gave any money to Chicago the GOP would claim MJM was playing favorites. Therefore, making it more likely MJM would lose the house.
I just don’t see any natural constituency out there for Rahmbo. The only people who seem to like him are those who think we need a “strong hand” as Mayor. The man is just not likable. Of course Nixon wasn’t exactly warm and cuddly so “likable” may be overrated.
I also fully expect Ricky Hendon and Carol Mosley Braun to run. Someone has to provide the amusement and their egos are boundless. The question is will they pull more votes than Del Valle or Chico in a race to the bottom of the vote totals.
What I found interesting was the elections commission said that if the name had been anything but Whitey, they probably wouldn’t have to correct it. Say what? There are several variations of my name, none of which would be acceptable on a legal document. If your name is Gerald, would Harold be close enough?