Officials say too late to put Kurita on ballots

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State and local election officials say it's too late to change ballots to list state Sen. Rosalind Kurita as the Democratic nominee in her district.

The officials made the claim in court papers asking for Kurita's case against them to be dismissed.

Kurita is asking the U.S. District Court to remove Tim Barnes' name from the ballot and replace it with her name. She won the Aug. 7 Democratic primary by 19 votes, but party leaders chose Barnes as the nominee after he challenged the vote.

In court filings, state Coordinator of Elections Brook Thompson said officials already have begun mailing out absentee ballots. Changing and remailing them would cost $40,000.

In a separate filing, State Attorney General Robert Cooper objected to the change on grounds that a primary vote is a matter for the parties to decide, not the federal courts.

A judge will hear the case on Friday.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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