CAHOKIA - Electoral officials of the village gathered to decide the ballot status of candidates in next April's municipal election on Friday, but they canceled the meeting and put it off until Jan. 2.
Electoral board counsel Mark Scoggins announced the delay to mayoral hopeful Donna Ayres, her lawyer Paul Evans and about 20 other candidates and observers.
Ayres is objecting to 10 candidates, including sitting Mayor Curtis McCall, Jr. and Clerk Richard Duncan.
"Issues had been raised," Scoggins said after someone in the audience raised an objection that an agenda had not been prepared in violation of the Open Meetings Act.
Scoggins said Friday's meeting was to be informational because some people were only served notice of it the night before. He said attorneys should have the right to review information.
He also said there are to be a total of 13 contest hearings, and that it wouldn't be fair to make the 13th person wait for the other 12.
An agenda prepared later in the day on Friday indicates the electoral board will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with the 10 objections Ayres has raised.