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Ballot blunder leads to delay of fire district election

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MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) - A ballot blunder has the Riverview Fire Protection District planning to delay its election after some candidates for the district’s board of directors were left off of ballots in Jennings.

The fire district discussed the mistake on Friday, at one point blaming someone inside the court clerk’s office. However, the St. Louis County Elections Board is not seeing things the same way.

The board puts the blame squarely on the fire district's shoulders.

Eric Fey, director of the elections board, said the Riverview Fire Protection District did not make sure the appropriate paperwork outlining new boundaries, which included the newly annexed Jennings, made it from the courts to the elections board. Meaning Jennings voters would not be able to participate in the April primary election.

The elections board will hold a special election August 4. The fire district will have to foot the bill – up to $20,000.

The big winner in all this? The incumbent who was up for re-election. With the election extended, he's guaranteed of getting his $800 a month check for at least another four months.