The Champaign County state's attorney says the law is unclear when it comes to handling candidates who withdraw from an election after ballots have already been sent to overseas and military voters.
Champaign County Board member Stephanie Holderfield lost the nomination for circuit clerk in last month's primary to Rick Winkel by 240 votes, despite Winkel withdrawing from the race more than a month before.
Winkel then declined the nomination, leaving the decision of who would be the Republican nominee for the November election up to the party's precinct committeemen. Katie Blakeman of Champaign was chosen as the nominee last week.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz says it's interesting that people voted for Rick Winkel, even though he made it clear that he was dropping out of the race.
Rietz says the State Board of Elections' recommendations to County Clerk Gordy Hulten were from an old case that no longer applies to today's election process.
She says a new law needs to be drafted to update the election code so that it's clear what an election authority should do if a candidate withdraws after ballots are already printed.
Rietz made the comments on Friday's edition of "A Penny for Your Thoughts" on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS. Click here  to listen to the full interview with Rietz.