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New York ballot lists ‘Barack Osama’

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 15, 2008 | 2:14 pm

I missed this story at the end of last week, but Stephen Colbert picked up on it last night (at the end of the above clip):

Who is running for president? In an upstate New York county, hundreds of voters have been sent absentee ballots in which they could vote for “Barack Osama.”

The absentee ballots sent to voters in Rensselaer County identified the two presidential candidates as “Barack Osama” and “John McCain.” In the United States, the best-known individual named Osama is Osama bin Laden, leader of the al Qaida terrorist group behind the 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City.

D’oh.

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