11/26/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Nov 26, 2013

You Can Vote On Which Turkey Obama Will Pardon (But Both Will Be Spared)

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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a tradition going back to the Kennedy White House.

But in a new twist put on the pardon last year, this year's spared turkey will again be put to a public vote.

This year, the American people will decide between Caramel and Popcorn. Voters can learn about each bird on the White House website -- including which bird likes Beyonce -- and cast their votes via Facebook or Twitter.

However, the vote isn't an avian version of The Hunger Games. As the White House notes, both turkeys will ultimately be spared the fate of ending up on someone's plate this Thanksgiving.

But while both Caramel and Popcorn will survive the holiday season, their brother isn't so lucky.

A third Thanksgiving turkey arrived at the Minnesota capitol on Monday, where he met Gov. Mark Dayton (D) for a brief ceremony. That bird will end up as Thanksgiving dinner for a family who could not otherwise afford the meal.



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