(KFYI News) â€“ For the second time, the early ballots for the Aug. 26 primary that included a Peoria City Council race have failed to include a candidate's name.
The original mistake was made public on Tuesday by Ken Krieger, one of three candidates for the Mesquite district. Â The names of his two opponents were on the ballot, but not Krieger's, due to a clerical error by the County Recorder's office.
Elections officials scrambled to re-print the ballot and mail it out to voters in the Mesquite district, along with a notice to voters to ignore the first ballot (which was yellow) and vote the second ballot (which was white) instead.
However, the printing company mistakenly re-printed the ballot without Krieger's name. Â
"The proof sets were correct," elections director Karen Osborne tells KFYI News, but the vendor "re-printed the ballot with exactly the same error as the first time, and mailed them."
Osborne says her office is awaiting a decision by the city of Peoria as to how it wants to handle the situation now. Â Because voters may return the ballots they've already received with votes made in other races, the city may decide to postpone the City Council primary until November, and then hold a special election for any runoff that may be needed.
Since the original error was based in the county elections department, taxpayers will have to foot the $15,000 cost of re-printing the ballots. Â However, the second error was the fault of the print vendor, which will have to swallow the resulting cost.