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GEORGETOWN, Del.- Voters in Delaware's 19th state Senate district will see a new Republican name on the ballot on Tuesday.

Following a court ruling, Republican Brian Pettyjohn will replace Eric Bodenweiser as the party's listing for the state Senate race. Bodenweiser, who defeated Sen. Joe Booth in the primary, withdrew from the race three weeks ago, just before he was arrested on accusations of sex crimes in the late 1980's.

Pettyjohn, a former mayor of Georgetown, initially mounted a write-in campaign until state Republicans sued to get his name on the ballot.

The Sussex County Department of Elections had to change the ballot on 48 machines for 17 locations and issue more than 1,000 new absentee ballots for the race, said Ken McDowell, director of elections.

"Fourteen people came Tuesday, during the hurricane, to help me get the absentee ballots out for the 19th district," said McDowell.

Democrat Jane Hovington is also on the ballot for the 19th district Senate race.

Hurricane Sandy posed its own concerns about polling locations.

"They were all dry. They all had electricity so we're very, very fortunate in Sussex County," said McDowell. "In fact, in the state of Delaware, every polling location will be exactly as it was. There was no replacement polling locations for Delaware."

Polls in Delaware are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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