Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday submitted a list of recommendations his office believes will help St. Louis County avoid the pitfalls that blemished April 5 voting. The proposals duplicate several of the reforms that election officials have promised to put in place in response to the ballot shortages last month at over 60 county precincts. Democratic Elections Director Eric Fey has stressed in media interviews as well as during testimony at County Council and legislative hearings that the agency is overhauling its certification process to ensure that each polling precinct in the future receives the correct number of ballots.
The process will copy a recommendation in the Kander report stipulating that two officials sign off before the ballots are delivered.
Kander additionally proposes increased training for election employees and the development of a contingency plan should ballot shortages occur in the future.
The Missouri secretary of state announced an investigation by the Election Integrity Unit, a branch of his office, while the polls were still open April 5.