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ISP Investigating Possible Illegal Ballot Alterations In Vigo County

The Vigo County courthouse.

The investigation is ongoing. (WTIU/WFIU News)

The Indiana State Police is investigating possible illegal ballot alterations in Vigo County.

The investigation comes after the Vigo County Election Board was ordered to correct or replace all 2019 Democratic primary ballots, due to an error on the ballot.

According to Indiana Law, candidates must be listed alphabetically on ballots.

When Tess Brooks-Stephens saw her name listed underneath her opponent Cheryl Loudermilk's name for District 3 City Council, she said she immediately called her attorney.

After her petition to the Vigo County Election Board to change her name on the ballot was denied, she filed an appeal.

Judge Sarah Mullican ruled in favor of Brooks-Stephens, and the ballots will be corrected to list Brooks-Stephens ahead of Loudermilk.

Early voting had already started in Vigo County before Judge Mullican's order was made.

Brooks-Stephens says she hopes the case will be closed soon.

"I'm hoping and praying that, you know, it will be closed and no more taxpayer dollars will be allocated to just something that was just a simple error that could have been correct," Brooks-Stephens said.

Illegal alteration of a declaration of candidacy is a Level 6 felony under the Indiana Public Records Law.

The ISP investigation is ongoing.

We were unable to reach the Vigo County Clerk's Office for comment before publication due to the Good Friday holiday. Vigo County Clerk Brad Newman had no comment on the judge's ruling for Terre Haute's Tribune Star.

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