A voting debacle in St. Louis County left residents in more than 60 precincts unable to cast ballots Tuesday, leading the St. Louis County Council and Secretary of State Jason Kander to announce separate investigations. Gov. Jay Nixon called the problems “inexcusable,” adding: “The St. Louis County Board of Elections, and particularly its two directors, must rectify these mistakes, explain how they occurred, and be held accountable for this unacceptable failure.” Kander said his office’s Elections Integrity Unit would review the election in St. Louis County. He also called the election performance “unacceptable.”
County officials plan to hold a public hearing to grill county election board members on why municipal election voters were turned away in 24 of the county’s 432 polling places that had insufficient or invalid paper ballots.
“I’m outraged by this and by that standpoint, we have to do something,” said Mark Harder, the West County Republican council member who asked that County Election Directors Eric Fey and Gary Fuhr be called to account.
“We have major elections coming in August and November and the election board has to get its act together. This is unacceptable to us and it’s unacceptable to the voters of St. Louis County.”