WMBD/WYZZ— Normal— Controversy surrounds the naming of the future semi-pro baseball team in Normal. On Monday, online voting opened up to future fans. It is down to the Normal Nutz, the Nighthawks, the Coal Bears and the Cornbelters. Some residents say the voting is rigged because the Coal Bears had 95 percent of the votes Tuesday morning, but by Wednesday, the Nutz shot up to 78 percent. Team President Steve Malliet assures future fans the voting is not rigged. He says instead, someone has hacked into the system and cheated.
"There’s so many votes it's ridiculous, it's over a million votes right now so we know there's something wrong with the system,” Malliet said. “We’re trying to come up with a different method to be able to get accurate voting or accurate accounting of the votes.”
Malliet says they should have another form of voting underway within the next 24 hours and says the current votes will be thrown out.