Judge halts election for Peoria City Council seat

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Video report by Tanya Mendis

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 6:56 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- A federal judge has halted Tuesday's election for a seat on the Peoria City Council, which now will be decided by a special election.

Dr. Ken Krieger is running against Ben Toma and Bridget Binsbacher for the Mesquite District council seat and mail-in ballots have already been sent in.

Krieger sued Aug. 7 after two mail-in ballots failed to include his name.

A third ballot was mailed out and did list his candidacy, but the city council voted to count the two flawed ballots anyway.

In his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge David Campbell honored a request by Krieger and issued a temporary restraining order to block the counting of any votes in the Mesquite District race.

The date for the special election hasn't been determined yet.

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