Clerical error blamed in Peoria City Council candidate omission from ballot

PEORIA, AZ - A spokesman for the Maricopa County Board of Elections said a "clerical" error is to blame for a Peoria City Council candidates omission from thousands of ballots that were mailed out last week.

Dr. Ken Krieger, who is running for a seat on the Peoria City Council, said he received a call from a rival candidate informing him that his name wasn't listed on the ballot, despite being included in the official voter guide.

"I have knocked on hundreds of doors, collected hundreds of signatures and felt very good about my chances for success. This wrong needs to be righted immediately," the candidate said in a prepared statement.

Daniel Ruiz, spokesman for the Board of Elections, said Krieger was one of the candidates challenged during the "Petition Challenge" period, and was not placed back on the ballot after this period.

He said MCBOE it takes full responsibility and said it had a lot of petition challenges this year and this incident "slipped through the cracks." The error has impacted 8,500 ballots, he said.

The Board mailed out 8,500 replacement ballots Monday using a white envelope, with a notice included. He said all requested ballots and those at the polls will have the correct ballot with all candidates names printed on them.

Krieger is running for a vacant seat on the Peoria City Council Mesquite District. Bridget Binsbacher and Ben Toma are also hoping to fill the vacant seat.

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