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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Miranda Avant-Elliott is running for a position on the Riverview Fire Protection Board. The election is scheduled for April 7, but could be delayed because of a mistake.

The names of candidates running for the office have been left off the ballots of Jennings voters. Absentee voters noticed the problem.

“This is a big mistake,” said Avant-Elliott.

The St. Louis County Board of Elections confirms the mistake. A spokesman said the board was never notified about a change to the Riverview Fire Protection District. The City of Jennings voted last year to contract services with Riverview. Without proper court notification, the candidates’ names never made it on Jennings ballots.

Attorneys representing the City of Jennings, the Riverview Fire Protection District, and the elections board met Thursday to work on a solution. Details about the plan will be announced Friday during a news conference.

The attorney representing the Riverview Fire Protection District characterized the mistake as a, “paperwork glitch.”

Part of the plan, pending court approval, is to start over. Absentee ballots already cast would be thrown out. A new election would take place in August.

Avant-Elliott is glad there’s a plan to correct the mistake. She’s in the process of trying to replace her campaign signs. They all say the election is April 7.