Votes for Write-In Candidate for City Council Won’t Be CountedNovember 2nd, 2010 by Joe Burgess
Voters who vote for Jo Ann Trotter in Tuesday”s election will not have those votes counted.
Trotter was notified of a state election law (14-43-202) by County Clerk Lyna Gulledge, Friday, which states that votes cast for write-in candidates for city municipal offices may not be counted.
Trotter had filed to run as a write-in candidate in the Ward 2, Position 2 City Council race, against Claudia Hartness.
Election law 14-43-202 states, “Ballots may not be counted for write-in candidates for municipal offices in general elections held in cities of the first and second class. Only votes cast for the regularly nominated, or otherwise qualified, candidates whose names are printed on the ballot as candidates in the election shall be counted by the judges and clerks.”
Gulledge found the law last week, and notified Trotter on Friday.
Trotter had originally attempted to file as an independent for the race, but later found out that several of her petition signers were registered voters, but didn’t live within her district.
Trotter told MonticelloLive that she is using this opportunity to announce her candidacy for the position in 2012.