Local news outlets from Texas are reporting that ex-President George W. Bush accidentally voted for President Obama, instead of his party's candidate, Mitt Romney, during yesterday's election.
It looks like the Daily Currant has done it again.
According to everyone's favorite newspaper satire, the eponymous Republican president found the touchscreen voting machines very difficult to understand when he was voting yesterday. After exiting a polling booth, people noticed that Bush went up to officials and was asking to change his vote, which, obviously, you can't do. The Daily Currant reported that one of the people who noticed was Suzanna Everett, a politics correspondent for Waco Times.
When Bush left the polling facility, Everett cunningly asked him, "Mr. President, Fox News is reporting that you've accidentally voted for Barack Obama. Would you care to comment?"
The Currant goes on to have their very befuddled Bush as he tried to explain, saying:
"Yes unfortunately because of the incompetence of the folks who designed the ballot, my vote counted for the other guy...First of all, everything was very mismaladjusted on the screen. You shouldn't put the senators and the congresspeople and the presidents all jumbled together like that. It's too crowded. Just confuses folks."
President Bush also said that after he picked the wrong candidate, he tried to erase his pick by clicking the red "Cast Ballot" button. His reasoning? "Usually red means stop and green means go. I thought I was stopping."
Though the story isn't actually true, it does point to some hilarious elements regarding both Bush's past controversy on election day, as well as voters' complaints that the process this year was more uncomfortable and difficult to understand than in previous election seasons. In 2000, when Bush was facing Vice President Al Gore in a historically tight race, the state of Florida led to a very long and arduous battle between the two candidates that led up to the Supreme Court. Back in 2000, there was a lot of debate about how difficult electronic voting was, since it replaced paper ballots after the huge issue with hanging chads, which forced many counties in Florida to recount the votes.
Now, thanks to the Currant's joke article, we're reminded just how confusing electronic voting is, since it even befuddled our beffudlable 43rd president.