PEORIA, Ari. (CBS Las Vegas) – The wrong ballots were mailed out for the Peoria City Council race again.
KPHO-TV reports that Ken Krieger is running for a seat on the council and his name does not appear on either ballot that was mailed out.
Krieger and his attorney, Kory Langhofer, announced that they are suing the city.
“These errors and the government’s remedial plan have been and will be highly prejudicial to the Candidate and have irretrievably undermined the validity of the election and require the scheduling of a special election,” Krieger said in a draft of the lawsuit obtained by the station.
The county election officials have apologized again for leaving Krieger’s name off the ballots. They are trying to figure out what to do next. They also have blamed the error on the print vendor when reprinting.
“I think with anything we look at with government getting into something they don’t do in a professional, open and transparent way we can have this type of thing happen,” Krieger told KPHO. “I choose not to let this happen to anyone else every again.”
The Peoria City Council has called for an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss Krieger’s name not being on the ballot.
“I’m going to make sure people understand that I was left off that ballot, and they should be me a chance and find out who I am,” Krieger said.
This is his first time running for public office. The reason his name was off the initial 8,500 ballots that went out before July 31 was because a judge was reviewing his paperwork.
“I failed to put him back on the ballot,” Maricopa County Director of Elections Karen Osborne told KPHO. “I regret it very much.”
Osborne wanted these replacement ballots to be mailed with a notice telling voters that Krieger’s name was left off the initial ballots.
Krieger just wants a fair chance at the election but county officials say there is not enough time to start over.
“One way or the other, the voters are going to be informed about what happens in government and what can happen with elections that is not according to the law and that is not proper,” Krieger said.
Krieger’s name will be on the ballots available at the polls on Election Day.
Names will be cross-checked to make sure no votes are counted twice.