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Write-In Option Omitted From Some Peoria Mayoral Ballots

Couri Thomas, left, and Rev. Chuck Brown, right
Couri Thomas, left, and Rev. Chuck Brown, right

The write-in option was left off some copies of the February Peoria mayoral primary ballot.

Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride said the write-in option wasn't available for 185 early voters and 339 voters by mail due to an error.

A new database was coded Tuesday to correct the error. On election night, Bride said the original and new vote databases will be merged to reflect the official totals.

Mail-in ballots hadn't been processed yet. All affected mail-in voters will receive a corrected ballot and a letter explaining the issue. But for the 185 early votes already processed, ballots without the write-in option will be counted.

Chama St. Louis, Sid Ruckriegel, Andres Diaz, Jim Montelongo, and Rita Ali are the five candidates appearing on the ballot. Couri Thomas and Chuck Brown are running write-in campaigns after they were successfully removed following petition challenges.

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Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.