Appeals court reopens some St. Louis County precincts
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A half-hour after polls closed, the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned a judge's ruling and ordered some St. Louis County polling places to remain open until 9 p.m. due to ballot shortages for municipal elections.
The court ruling came about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 30 minutes after polls closed. The ruling applies only to the more than 60 polling places that lacked enough ballots.
County officials learned of the shortage soon after polls opened. Circuit Judge Maura McShane ruled Tuesday afternoon that polls would not remain open past 7 p.m.
The ballot shortage angered elected officials, including Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Jason Kander and County Executive Steve Stenger. Nixon called the problem "inexcusable," and called on the Board of Elections to rectify the mistakes and be held accountable.