AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Election officials in Atascosa County are correcting a mistake on absentee ballots to remove the flag of Chile, which is similar to the Texas banner. Voter Troy Knudson noticed the error. Knudson told the Austin American-Statesman that election officials congratulated him “for preventing future Atascosa voters from seeing the flag mistake.”
The flags of Texas and Chile both have a white stripe on top and a red one on the bottom, plus a single star in the middle of a blue field.
In the Chilean flag the blue is only in the top left corner. The Texas flag displayed the blue all along the left side.
Current elections administrator Janice Ruple blames a previous worker for the mixup and says “We just never caught it.”
The election is Nov. 2.
Flag of Texas:
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