ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Missouri Secretary of State’s office and the St. Louis County Council are both seeking answers after a ballot shortage plagued several polling places during Tuesday’s municipal elections.
Democratic elections director Eric Fey says shortages occurred in 63 precincts that required ballots for multiple jurisdictions such as school board and municipal government elections. Those polling places require two different styles of ballots. Somehow, the number of ballots needed for each style was reversed. The result was too many ballots in some styles, too few in others.
The Secretary of State’s Elections Integrity Unit is reviewing the election. Meanwhile, the County Council plans a public hearing where election board members will testify about what went wrong. A specific date has not been set.