Everybody may know him as "Coach," but Mecklenburg County voters will only see the name Joe White on the ballot in November.
The state Board of Elections voted 3-2 on Friday to override the Mecklenburg elections board on the label for White, who chairs the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board and is seeking re-election.
Democrat Genevieve Sims joined Republicans Lorraine Shinn and Charles Winfree in declaring "Coach" a title that confers rank or distinction, which state law does not allow.
Robert Cordle of Charlotte and chairman Larry Leake supported the Mecklenburg board's contention that because White retired as Olympic High's football coach in 1978, the label is now a nickname.
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