GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Voters are challenging the election of a man previously convicted of forgery in California to a city council seat in Colorado.

Eddie Mirick was elected to the Greeley City Council Nov. 7, a few days after the Greeley Tribune reported he had pleaded guilty to felony forgery in San Diego County nearly 40 years ago.

Opponents went to court Tuesday to contest his election because the city charter prohibits anyone with a felony conviction from serving on the council.

Mirick says the felony was later converted to a misdemeanor. However, the Tribune reports the conviction remains on his record and that neither Mirick nor court officials have provided any proof that it was converted to a misdemeanor.

City councilors could also vote on his eligibility before he is due to be sworn in.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com