Indiana Resident’s Presidential Candidacy Challenged

Patricia Sandifer only had one signature when she turned in her petition. Candidates are supposed to have 4,500.

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It is up to the Indiana Election Commission to decide whether a candidate should be on the ballot in May's primary election.

Indiana resident Patricia Sandifer filed paperwork to run for President of the United States last week but her eligibility for candidacy is being challenged.

Co-Director of the Tippacanoe County Board of Elections Jared Bond says a person normally needs the signatures of 4,500 registered voters to appear on the ballot but there is a loophole.

“Indiana law says that unless someone challenges your candidacy that you do remain on the ballot,” Bond says.

Indiana resident Benjamin Prickel challenged Sandifer’s candidacy on Thursday stating that she did not have enough required signatures.

Sandifer says she didn’t attempt to get more signatures because she was putting her candidacy in God’s hands.

“I just did what he put in my heart I just submitted the paper, and I told God its in your hand you do whatever you want,” he says.

Bond says the case will now go to the Indiana Election Commission. The commission will meet Friday in Indianapolis to decide whether or not Sandifer will remain on the ballot.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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