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Chilean President’s Voting Photo Op Ruined After She Forgets ID, Fails To Sign In

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Socialist Chilean President Michelle Bachelet returned to the voting booth twice after forgetting her ID and failing to sign the voter registry while casting her ballot Sunday.

Bachelet first forgot to reclaim her ID from the registration desk after she voted, and walked back into the polling place to retrieve it. After getting her ID, she came outside to address reporters, only to be told that she hadn’t signed the voter registry, which is required by law in Chile, Reuters reports.

“I missed you all very much,” Bachelet told to poll workers when she returned the second time, Reuters reported.

Later, Bachelet said that the poll workers were so nervous at her presence that they forgot to give her the voter registry to sign.

Bachelet was voting in a local election of mayors and city council members for Santiago, Chile, where she lives. The election for mayor of Santiago could be a referendum on Bachelet’s left-leaning presidency, which has been plagued by several corruption scandals.

The local election cycle also caused the resignation of Chile’s justice minister. Around 475,000 people in Chile were placed on the wrong voter rolls, according to the Chilean government.

One man in Santiago was erroneously listed on the official voter registry as a resident of Antarctica, which is more than 2,000 miles to the south.

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