Several Missouri State students and dozens more Greene County voters were kept from the polls on Nov. 6 because of incorrect information on their voter registration cards. A social media post by one MSU student stated that some members of the Missouri State NAACP chapter were unable to vote after turning in their voter registration cards to the organization. The post claimed that the NAACP had not turned in the cards. The student who made the post declined to be interviewed. But, Cheryl Clay, the president of the Springfield branch of the NAACP, said that claim is not true. The issue, Clay said, was not that the cards weren’t turned in — it’s that they were filled out incorrectly. A common issue was missing apartment numbers in addresses.
“For instance, if they lived in the Aspen (Heights) apartments — and those I know for a fact were all returned — they did not put an apartment number on there,” Clay said. “So they were returned. I called the Aspen and the Aspen said ‘Well, we know what apartment they were in, we would have delivered it,’ but the post office knew that they needed an apartment number to be delivered. They just stamped them undeliverable and returned them.”
Green County Clerk Shane Schoeller said the cards were returned by the post office based on a law that states: “If such notice is returned as undeliverable by the postal service within the time established by the election authority, the election authority shall not place the applicant’s name on the voter registration file.”