Maricopa Flood Control District election faces new obstacles

Scott Kelly (left) and Bob Marsh are running an amicable campaign for a seat on the Maricopa Flood Control District Board./inMaricopa

By Mason Callejas | InMaricopa

A local flood control authority is reconciling changes to state election laws as its October special-election approaches Wednesday.

The Maricopa Flood Control District is holding a special election Oct. 4 to fill the seat of board member Owen Kelly, whose term is expiring this year. However, recent changes to election regulations are already having a bearing on the outcome.

Prior to Jan. 1, 2016, it was acceptable for representatives of businesses and trusts who own land in the flood protection district to cast ballots in those special elections. Now, the law has changed to allow only property owners to cast ballots.

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