New Indiana law strips unopposed from ballots

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A new Indiana law that removes the names of candidates facing no election opponents from election ballots isn't sitting well with candidates, political parties and election officials, who predict the change will confuse voters.

The Journal & Courier reports the ballot provision cleared the General Assembly this spring as part of a lengthy bill changing various election rules and procedures. It took effect July 1.

West Lafayette Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes' name won't appear on the November ballot because she's unopposed. She says she was taken aback when she recently learned about a little-known provision.

She says the change makes some people standing for elected office "invisible on the ballot."

Tippecanoe County Democratic Party chairwoman Heather Maddox says the change is "going to cause a lot of confusion."

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