WASHINGTON 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 person named
Osama is Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group.
Commissioners for the Rensselaer County Board of Elections say
they regret the error but do not acknowledge in a statement exactly
what the error is.
The botched ballots were first reported by the Times-Union of
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