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Judge rules against Save Spellerberg ballot challenge

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A Sioux Falls judge ruled against the Citizens for Saving Spellerberg ballot challenge this afternoon. The judge says the petitioners never argued that the error would affect the outcome of the election, just that it might affect the ultimate cost of the project.

We'll have more on this story on KSFY News at 6 and 10.

Earlier:

A judge is expected to issue a ruling by 5:00pm on the Citizens for Saving Spellerberg/Citizens for Integrity challenge.  The group wants the judge to order the city to print supplemental ballots for Tuesday's election or hold another election.  If the judge allow the ballot to stand as is, the group believes that would be wrong.  The city believes the error is a clerical error and the two-week difference doesn't make a difference to a voter.

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Just one day before the election, supporters of an outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park in Sioux Falls are challenging an error in the ballot.

A judge will hold a hearing at 1:30 Monday on the group's challenge over an error in the ballot language related to Initiated Measure 2.  According to the group Citizens for Saving Spellerberg, the ballot incorrectly states that an outdoor pool would be completed no later than "December 15, 2015."  The correct language from the citizens' petition drive states the outdoor pool would be completed no later than "December 31, 2015."

Saving Spellerberg says City Clerk Lori Hogstad reviewed the ballot language and ruled that the error in the exact day of the month of December wasn't material to the ballot issue.

The group is also requesting the judge to rule that the results of the election will be certified with the correct date of December 31, 2015 for Initiated Measure 2.    

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