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Shelby off coroner's ballot

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[December 29, 2011]  The Logan County electoral board has ruled that Bill Shelby of Lincoln did not get the required number of signatures to appear on the spring primary ballot for the coroner's nomination.

A review of Shelby's 55 petition signatures found 17 to be invalid, leaving him with only 38 valid signatures. A candidate needs at least 40 valid signatures to be listed on the ballot. Shelby had filed as a Republican.

"We carefully cross-check them with voter registration information, and if they are not accurate, they must be invalidated," said State's Attorney Michael McIntosh. "That is the main reason why candidates usually get many more signatures than required, so that if some of the signatures are challenged, there will still be enough to qualify to be on the ballot."

The decision means that incumbent Bob Thomas will be the lone choice on the Republican ballot, although Shelby or someone else running as a write-in candidate is possible.

In mid-December, Thomas' wife, Penny, formally filed the objection against Shelby's signatures, claiming the signatures were from residents not registered in Logan County or who had invalid addresses.

On Dec. 15, the electoral board heard testimony from both Shelby and Penny Thomas. On the board are McIntosh; Sally Litterly, county clerk; and Mary Kelley, circuit clerk.

Thomas is seeking his third term as Logan County coroner.

[Text from file received and LDN]

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