Controversy with candidates names on the 2019 Terre Haute primary ballot

One candidate for Terre Haute City Council is calling for her name to be moved on the primary ballot.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 7:03 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- It's a matter of alphabetical order.

When the ballots for the 20-19 primary in Terre Haute were made official. Tess brooks-Stephens came after Cheryl Loudermilk.

Brooks-Stephens attorney told me, They think she should be ahead of Loudermilk.

Saying names should be listed alphabetically.

However. When news 10 looked into the matter 2-weeks ago with the clerk's office. We discovered the alphabetical listing was, in fact, correct, per the paperwork that was submitted.

Here's the issue, Vigo County clerk Brad Newman said, Brooks-Stephens filed "Brooks" as her middle name and "Stephens" as her last name.

Brooks-Stephens and her attorney filed a petition to change the ballot.

The controversy also postponed a public test of voting equipment.

This morning. The Vigo County election board met to discuss the issue.

They said after talking to the state election board. The ballot will stay "As-is".

They say it cannot be corrected or changed at this point.

But "Brooks-Stephens" attorney says they aren't giving up yet.

"Now there's a procedure provided under the election code to file an appeal with the circuit court we anticipate that that petition will be filed later today," Chris Gambill, her attorney said.

The election board did say there is a public test for the voting equipment this Thursday, April 4th.

Early voting begins April 9th.

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