In the 10th District Urban County council race, Sandy Shafer's name appeared on Tuesday's primary ballot. She received the second highest number of votes. And Shafer was not even a candidate.
The secretary of state's office certified Shafer as a candidate Feb. 8, together with council member Doug Martin, the incumbent, and newcomer Kevin Williams.
On March 10, Shafer withdrew from the race, citing health problems.
Because her candidacy had already been certified, her name could not be taken off the ballot, said Kitty Ware, elections coordinator in the Fayette County clerk's office.
When Ware submitted the office's newspaper ad for the primary, she put in bold, black letters beside Shafer's name, "Withdrawn." Also on the newspaper ad there was a notice, "Sandy Shafer has withdrawn. No votes will be counted for her."
But once the candidates are certified, the voting machines are programmed and names are on the ballot. "They cannot be changed," Ware said. So in Tuesday's primary, there was Shafer's name.
She had served as 10th District council representative for 13 years and has high name recognition.
When machine votes were tallied, Martin had 2,095 votes, Shafer, 1,903 and Williams, 775 votes.
Martin will face Williams in the November general election.