Ballot dispute continues in Terre Haute

A local ballot dispute goes to the courtroom. That's after a candidate and her lawyer say her name is in the wrong spot on the Terre Haute City Council ballot.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 6:48 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 6:48 PM

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arrest in the robbery investigation. it's one thing if a political race is intense once it's underway. but one race in terre haute was heated before it even started. news 10's lacey clifton explains what happened in the courtroom today surrounding the ballot of one local election. we've been following this case for weeks. "tess brooks stephens" will challenge "cheryl loudermilk" for a terre haute city council seat. as we've shared-- vigo county clerk "brad newman" has loudermilk's name appearing 'ahead' of "brooks stephens." that goes "against" indiana law.. which requires candidates be listed alphabetically by last name. prior to court today-- newman claimed the name "brooks" was listed as a middle name.. not a last name. an indiana state police detective produced the orginal filing document for brooks stephens. both isp and eventually newman testified the whited out middle name appeared to start with a "d" not a "b". this would mean brooks was never listed as the middle name. one question remaining is who whited out the document in the first place? today i spoke with brooks stephens' lawyer about why getting this mistake corrected is so important. studies have indicated that there's typically a 10 percent or better advantage to whoever is at the top of the ballot. really it's unfortunate that there should be one, but the bottom line is that is the reality. and if we're gonna have rules, we need to all follow them." today's hearing was continued until tomorrow morning. news 10 plans to be at that hearing-- and to bring you more on this case. back
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