When the votes were counted in Tuesday’s election in St. Louis County, hundreds were missing. Poll workers did not properly close out several voting machines. NewsChannel5 learned there were 595 votes that weren’t counted Tuesday night when election board workers went home around midnight. Election officials say those votes are now in, and part of the current unofficial totals. Rita Heard Days is the county’s director of elections and says five electronic voting machines were not properly closed out by poll workers Tuesday night. “This morning we went out and got the machines that had the questionable closures and brought them in and captured those votes,” said Days. … Days says all the missed votes were added to the unofficial election totals Wednesday.
… Andy Stewart, an incumbent on the school board, is in the third spot and essentially out of the race. Stewart says only four votes separate him from claiming one of two seats on the board. “The admitted mistakes by the board of elections with some of the elections machines, I think just leads all of us to believe that there’s a possibility that these numbers are wrong,” said Stewart.
“Candidates go out and they work very hard on these elections so we don’t want any snafu to give the impression that we don’t take this very seriously,” said Days. There were more than 1,363 electronic voting machines used at 448 polling places in St. Louis County during Tuesday’s election. Days says any race where candidates are within one percent of each other, like the Kirkwood School Board race, will automatically get a recount.