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.