No problems at area polls on last days of early, absentee voting

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by Laura Hettiger / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- With just hours left until the general election, eager voters in the St. Louis area visited their polling places this weekend in hopes of beating Tuesday’s rush.

Saturday marked the final day for early voting in Illinois; people can cast absentee ballots in Missouri until the eve of Election Day.
 
The only problem encountered at polling places in the Metro East and St. Louis County on Saturday was the long line of people waiting to vote.
 
“This is my first time voting,” Logan Lee said right after she cast her ballot in Belleville. “It’s exciting, although it gets kind of boring standing in line.”
 
News 4 has monitored problems at the polls for weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election.
 
One voter complained of faulty voting machines two weeks ago. Workers at the St. Louis County Board of Elections said that has not been an issue.
 
Poll workers said they have a plan in place to troubleshoot any concerns that could arise.
 
“We think we've been proactive in making sure we have a good technical staff that will be out there, making sure the machines are operating properly and we have our poll workers and captains,” said Rita Heard Days, the director of the St. Louis County Board of Elections. “We think if there are going to be any challenges that day we think we have hopefully anticipated them.”

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