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Chile flag confused for Texas flag on Texan ballot

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In other Chile-related news, Texas has been using the Chilean flag on its absentee voter ballot. The Atascosa County ballot had been in use for several years before a Texan student in Japan noticed the mistake.

"Apparently the insert has been used for some time without anyone (voters and staff) noticing," Troy Knudson told the Statesman. "I guess it's funny in some way, but my initial reaction was more disbelief that no one had noticed."

They are strikingly similar, but still, several years?

This is the Texan flag:

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This is the Chilean flag:

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By Melissa Bell  | October 13, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
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Comments

What else could a County do that is 55% Republican?

Posted by: ddoiron1 | October 13, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

When the state motto seems to be 'I can be as dumb as I want to be' what do you expect.

Posted by: edeckel | October 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Didn't the state school board recently vote to overhaul & "refine" the public school curriculum. I think they need to stop worrying about creationism v darwinism, and just teach the basics. (Unless they want to argue the merits of 2+2=4.)

If my kids were in school there, I'd be very concerned....

Posted by: anonymouslurker | October 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This is a case of failing to see something right in front of you. It is not a big surprise that the mistake might have been made in 1 county. It certainly has nothing to do with education. Texas kids get a good lesson in Texas history (at least we did back in the 70s.) People in other states often don't have an appreciation and pride in their state like Texans do. That is probably because of the fact that Texas was an independent country before joining the United States. I think that feeling of independence still resides in Texas.

So, some people may have made a mistake with the Texas flag. But, I'll bet many of those living in the other 49 states might not completely familiar with their state flag either. I live in Georgia now and the most recent flag here is forgettable. But, at least they got rid of the stars and bars.

Posted by: wrob1359 | October 13, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

What else could a County do that is 55% Republican?

Posted by: ddoiron1 | October 13, 2010 10:24 AM

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Another lying democrat, the county is actually represented by democrats, 60% of the population is Latino.

Posted by: kitzdakat | October 13, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Last night with the rescue going on, I turned to my wife and asked how many people right now were wondering why there were so many Texas flags at the event; now this is just all the more amusing...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | October 13, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

People in other states often don't have an appreciation and pride in their state like Texans do. That is probably because of the fact that Texas was an independent country before joining the United States. I think that feeling of independence still resides in Texas.

Posted by: wrob1359

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I lived there for a couple of years and you're right about the independent streak. I think that pride also drives some people nuts.

Posted by: bbface21 | October 13, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Anyone for the texas two step?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | October 13, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Texas was not the only state that was a republic before entering the union. Vermont was as well. Michigan was first a colony of France, then a colony of England, then a province of Canada. Even after the revolutionary war, Michigan was still a part of Canada and sending representatives to Ottawa until the war of 1812 at which point the US told England , OK let us now have the rest of the territory. Each state has its own interesting history before joining the US as does Texas.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 13, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

F-cking idiot Republoican state. Figures.

Posted by: njacobs | October 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

But they gots dem freedoms and all that stuff and don’t cotton to no socialists. 10 gallon hat is running on empty!

Posted by: mjcc1987 | October 13, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't mess with Chile!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 13, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Texas does have "chili".

Posted by: RealTexan1 | October 13, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

F-cking idiot Republoican state. Figures.

Posted by: njacobs | October 13, 2010 1:40 PM

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Cussing, misspelling, and calling someone else an idiot while you do it. Now, there's a true democrat for you.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It seems perfectly understandable to me that one county could make this mistake (and remember these were absentee ballots, not the ballots that most of the electorate sees, thereby lessening the chance of someone catching the error). The things we see every day can be the easiest to miss: how many people have glossed over a typo because it's a word they've seen a thousand times and therefore their eyes saw what they were used to seeing rather than what was really there?

As for @anonymouslurker's hypothetical "concern" if his/her kids were in Texas schools: always good to know snobbery lives and thrives. I grew up in Texas public schools. Then went to Wellesley, then Harvard, and now I'm in South Africa on a Harvard fellowship. Maybe you should be concerned about other things. Peace from Cape Town.

Posted by: shans99 | October 13, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I wish liberals would make at least some attempt to get their facts straight. The Texas issue re textbooks goes way beyond creationism. Read up on textbooks and one of the main publishers - Houghton Mifflin, owned in part by Saudi Arabia. Texas is trying to slow down the political correctness which is producing textbooks long on let's-make-everyone-feel-good and short on real facts.

Posted by: anne4 | October 13, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

And here I was thinking that Chileans were using the Texas flag by mistake.

Posted by: ericwashdc | October 13, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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