County officials say tight timetable led to ballot problems

2 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, April 13 2016 Apr 13, 2016 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 4:43:00 PM CDT April 13, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Election officials say an overworked staff, a tight timetable and technical glitches are to blame for the ballot shortage in several St. Louis County precincts.

Directors of the St. Louis County Election Board Eric Fey and Gary Fuhr told lawmakers Wednesday two municipalities submitted their ballot information late, which led to problems when election officials changed the information in their databases.

The election directors said three teams of staff ordinarily check that enough of the county's 323 ballot styles are printed. But Fuhr said much of their staff was also working on March's primary election and only one team checked the final totals.

Fuhr said the county does not have the resources to manage two major elections less than two months apart.

Some lawmakers said the election directors should resign.

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