Problems cause at least 150 to leave 2 St. Louis polling places without voting

Problems cause at least 150 to leave 2 St. Louis polling places without voting

When the polls opened at 6 a.m. at the St. James Greater Catholic Church in the 6400 block Wade in Dogtown, workers didn’t have two of their books with the names of the registered voters in that precinct. Without the official roster, voters’ names could not be double checked and voting was delayed for at least a half an hour.

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 1:42 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Problems were reported at two St. Louis polling places Tuesday, forcing at least 150 voters to leave without voting.

One issue was reported at the polling place inside St. James Greater Catholic Church in the 6400 block Wade in Dogtown.

When the polls opened at 6 a.m., workers didn’t have two of their books with the names of the registered voters in that precinct. Without the official roster, voters’ names could not be double checked and voting was delayed for at least a half an hour.

Some of the voters were so angry about the delay election workers called police as a precaution.

A similar problem was reported at St. Peter A.M.E. Church in the 4730 block of Margaretta. St. Louis election officials said the roster of registered voters’ names for Precinct 7 was delivered, but Precinct 8’s were not.

Gwendaline Caver was one of those voters who showed up but could not vote.

“Some people came in the morning so they don’t have to miss work. A lot of people had to go to work and then try to figure out if they are going to be able to come back this afternoon to be able to vote in time enough,” Caver said.

An estimated 150 voters left the polling place without casting a ballot.

Eventually the roster for Precinct 8 was delivered after about 80 minutes. City Alderman Antonio French visited the polling place to check out the problems and urged those who left to come back to vote before polls closed at 7 p.m.

The voters who stayed were handed provisional ballots. Those aren’t counted until 10 days after the election.

If you experience a problem with voting, you’re encouraged to call the News 4 hotline, which is staffed by members of the League of Women Voters. The number is: Call 314-969-4444.

 

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