-LaPlante to be put on ballot, decides judge
Democrats plan to appeal to Indiana Supreme Court after Marion County court ruled in favor of Republicans and LaPlante on Thursday.
Marion County Judge Gary L. Miller ruled Thursday that Jeff Lee is to be replaced by Brooks LaPlante on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The judge's ruling stated Marion County Court has jurisdiction in the case and Lee's second withdrawal was filed Oct. 1, which meets late candidate withdrawal statutes.
The ruling forces Kristi Robertson, co-director of the Indiana Election Division, to certify LaPlante's candidacy.
County clerks in District 46 consisting of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties, have been directed to send notices and replace ballots to all absentee voters who have been provided ballots.
Clay County Clerk Mary Brown said Thursday 627 ballots have been mailed with Jeff Lee's name on them. Voters are directed to return their new absentee ballot to the Election Office at the court house by noon Nov. 2. This decision applies to every ballot, even if people voted for Tincher.
If the ballots are not returned by the deadline they will not be counted.
"It makes it really bad on people in the military or overseas," Brown said. Absentee voters have 10 days to return the ballots.
But, the matter may not be concluded. The Democratic Central Committee has filed an appeal with the Indiana Supreme Court asking justices to determine who has jurisdiction in the case. There is also a pending suit in Sullivan County dealing with the same issue.