Maricopa County Elections Director: Peoria ballot error to cost taxpayers an estimated $15,000

PEORIA, AZ - A Maricopa County Board of Elections' error where a candidate's name was left off the ballot is likely to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Karen Osbourne, the Maricopa County elections director, estimates it will cost taxpayers about $15,000 to mail out corrected ballots to nearly 8,500 residents.

"We had 41 challenges this year, 10 days to hold and decide, and I failed to put him back on the ballot," said Osbourne. She said she regrets the error.

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.

New ballots were mailed out in white envelopes. The original ballot was in a yellow envelope.

The MCBOE said that for those residents who send in both ballots from the white and yellow envelopes, only the white envelope will be counted. However, those residents who do not re-submit a corrected ballot, but do submit the original ballot, the original ballot will be counted.

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