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The Indiana Democrats holding their convention in Fort Wayne this year has brought much attention to the Summit City, but also has caused at least one problem: too many candidates.

A whopping 29 candidates filed to be a state convention delegate in the city’s District D, which is in the southwestern city. Unfortunately, the county’s election machines can only list 27 candidates on a single page, meaning the candidates must be listed on two pages. Beth Dlug, director of elections, said this was not ideal because being on the second page could hurt a candidate’s chances of winning.

“I think it’s going to be very confusing,” she said.

Dlug said the interest in serving at a local convention likely drew more people to be delegates this year.

To help mitigate the problem, the county will put only 15 candidates on the first page, meaning voters will have to flip the page if they want to vote for the maximum 16 slots. They also noted in multiple places on the ballot that the candidates were listed on two pages.