Warrick County school board member back on ballot after signature dispute


WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — A Warrick County school board member’s name will be on the November ballot after a meeting by the Election Board.

“Really let the voters decide,” Joshua Claybourn says. His client, Brenda Metzger, will be on the ballot again for Warrick County school board. She and Claybourn ended up in a meeting with the election board in the county courthouse.

“I don’t ever want to disenfranchise the voter. I want to give the voters of Warrick County every possible good candidate and their options when it comes to voting,” County clerk Patricia Perry says approving Metzger’s name on the ballot was difficult.

Metzger submitted her petition a week before it was due, with the required ten signatures. But the clerk’s office found one of the people on the petition is not a registered voter in Warrick County.

Metzger’s attorney says the clerk’s office did not notify her in an appropriate amount of time to fix the problem.

“It’s a new statute that does require them to let her know in person immediately because of that and I think unfortunately things fell through the cracks and she wasn’t notified,” Claybourn says.

“When they stated in the code when the candidate needs to be notified immediately whereas there should’ve been some sort of timeframe,” Perry explains.

The word ‘immediately’ provided a sticking point.

“We could argue it’s not 13 days, right? And so when we turn it in eight days ahead of time, whatever ‘immediately’ is defined as it would have been enough time to let her know before the deadline,” Claybourn says.

Wednesday the election board made an exception and put Metzger’s name on the ballot. But Perry also suggests candidates get more than the recommended number of signatures just in case, “the candidate should have practice due diligence and followed through and made sure that those voters were all registered to vote.”

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 2, 2020)


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