St. Charles County printing thousands of extra ballots for elections

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:00 PM

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- The road to the finished product of the St. Charles County ballot has been bumpy — with multiple lawsuits intended to add and remove certain ballot measures.

All this would have cost thousands of taxpayer dollars to change so close to election day, so the courts ruled to leave the ballot as is. But we wanted to know just how many ballots is the county printing and is it a waste of taxpayer money?

There are 280,000 registered voters in St. Charles County, but the County Elections Director’s Office printed 364,000 ballots for this election.

Director Rich Chrismer says they have to print dozens of different versions of the ballots and denies that any one of them is wasting taxpayer money.

“There will maybe be 20,000, or 15,000 that maybe unused but I’d rather have some left over than not enough, to disenfranchise a single voter,” he said. “I want them all to have the ballots they need to vote.”

Chrismer says each county in Missouri is actually required by state law to print 10% more than the number of registered voters, regardless of expected voter turnout.

 

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