County clerks say there\'s little chance of running out of ballots

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COLUMBIA - Osage, Randolph and Miller counties confirmed they ran out of Republican ballots for Tuesday's election, but the ballots were replenished.

According to the Associated Press, Osage County Clerk Patrick Steele said 800 additional Republican ballots were shipped in to Osage County from Springfield, but he was worried the ballots would run out again.

Earlier, many county clerks around mid-Missouri said there was little chance of running out of ballots.

Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said she made sure to order more than enough.

She said ballots are ordered based on the turnout of the last most similar election. A third of that is added to the total to make sure there are enough.

Hubbard said she's expecting a 30 to 35 percent voter turnout but ordered enough for 42 percent. 

If there weren't enough ballots, she said there is a back-up plan.

"We are able to print off ballots from the computer and we would take those out to the polling place and the voters would get to vote on a ballot just like anybody else, except it wouldn't be counted by the machine, it would have to be hand-counted at the end of the night," Hubbard said.

She also said she ordered more ballots because Tuesday's election is "more contested."

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she thinks Boone County will have enough ballots.

Noren said voters can vote electronically if ballots ran out.

The Cole County clerk said she is confident Cole County will have enough, too. She said more ballots can be printed if needed.  

Voter Mark Anderson said he wouldn't be happy if there weren't anymore ballots.

"I'm going to be upset," Anderson said. "Who dropped the ball? I don't understand. I'm going to say yeah everybody has a right to vote. You come here to vote, you're going to tell me that? That's BS."

Polls close at 7 p.m.

[Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the information about counties that ran out of ballots.]

 

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