by Paul Schmelzer • 10/2/08 • In its annual Halloween episode—this year falling just two days before the presidential election—The Simpsons will feature a segment where Homer heads into a “double-wide” voting booth in an attempt to cast his vote for Barack Obama. But the electronic voting booth ends up tallying not one, but six votes for John McCain. As a door in the machine opens to start sucking Homer into what looks like a paper shredder, he screams: “This doesn’t happen in America! Maybe Ohio—but not in America!”
The “Treehouse of Horror” episode, airing Nov. 2 on Fox, isn’t supposed to be an endorsement of Obama, says executive producer Al Jean, but a commentary on voting irregularities.