Peoria City Council Candidate Ken Krieger Accidentally Left Off the Ballot -- Twice

Categories: Election 2014

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Ken Krieger.
The Maricopa County Elections Department had to send some voters in Peoria a second ballot after one of the candidates for city council was inadvertently left off the ballot.

The problem is, the second ballot didn't include candidate Ken Krieger's name either.

"We looked at the proof, and we okayed the proof for the second mailing, which went back to the printer," county elections spokeswoman Yvonne Reed tells New Times. "The printer then mailed the same old ballot with the incorrect information."

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The county elections department admits fault for the first misprinted ballot, which only listed the other two candidates for city council in Peoria's Mesquite district.

The error stemmed from Krieger being one of about 40 candidates whose candidacy was subject to a court challenge.

"When we got the notices as to who would be on the ballot and who wouldn't, the elections director (Karen Osborne) inadvertently left his name off," Reed says. "That was the first mistake."

The elections department made the decision to send out the second ballot, along with an explanation that a candidate was missing from the first ballot. Well, the candidate was missing from the second ballot too, as the printer mistakenly came back with the original ballot again.

Reed says the elections department is waiting for the City of Peoria to determine what to do next. An emergency city council meeting has been scheduled for today at 11 a.m.

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Reed tells us there are about six options that have been floated for the city to decide on.

The 2012 elections didn't exactly run smoothly for the county elections department either. During that election cycle, some voting materials -- not the ballots themselves -- included the incorrect election date in Spanish, but the correct date in English.

The department was also subject to protests by activists who stormed the county elections building demanding that votes be counted in a timely manner.

UPDATE 12:27 p.m.: The council decided to have the county send out another ballot that only contains the city council race, and they're going to have "remove vote locations" set up so people can vote on this race in-person. That was passed on a 3-2 vote.

However, Vice Mayor Ron Aames pointed out the main problem with that: If people already sent in their early ballots, and for whatever reason decide not to vote using this new ballot, then those voters really only chose between two candidates instead of all three.

Carl Swenson, Peoria's city manager, described the choice as picking what's "least bad," because none of the options were ideal.

The other options considered included just sending out a third complete ballot, requiring all voting at a polling location, and setting up a special election.

UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: Krieger announced at the city council meeting that he's filed a federal lawsuit seeking a special election.

"I'm deeply concerned with the options presented today," Krieger said, calling the council's options a violation of voter rights.

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9 comments
marcy
marcy

The notion that none of the choices of how to handle the ballot fiasco are "ideal" is simply because cost was considered.  It shouldn't be.


Early ballots with the incorrect candidate list must be discarded.

Voters must clearly be told that previous early ballots will be discarded.

Voters must be given sufficient time to cast new ballots by mail.

The election should not suffer from lack of voter turnout by virtue of it being held separately.


Lastly, Karen Osborne needs to resign in shame.


As for Ken, I recognize his mug.  He used to run around pretending to be a real doctor when he was really a chiroquack,  

1959cutter
1959cutter

spend the money to hold a special city election with Krieger's name and make the printer and city elections board pay the bill for it!. the printer and board are alone to blame and should be accountable.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

My gawd, talk about incompetence. If I were Krieger, I'd see to it that heads roll. Is he a Dem by any weird chance? That might explain it.

marcy
marcy

@marcy

Since the PNT writers head to the bars by 4pm on a Friday, here is an update, a Federal judge did the the right thing and said it was ridiculous for Peoria to count the ballots that didn't list all the candidates.


Back to square one, and Karen Osborne should resign in shame.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@marcy 

Karen Osborne is a hack, always has been and always will be.

On the ballot or not, I wouldn't vote for the POS anyway.


marcy
marcy

@eric.nelson745


No, he is a hard core Republican who hates gays and believes in fairy tale science.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

(Hanlon's razor)


It wouldn't have been intentional.  Nobody could possibly fail to realize that the "mistake" would be caught by the candidate.


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