St. Charles voting machines abruptly stop accepting ballots

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 6:49 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – More than one hundred people had problems with voting machines at three precincts in St. Charles County on Tuesday.

The problems occurred when voting machines at the precincts stopped accepting ballots.  The county elections director told News 4 that he has been asking for help for years because of problems that occur each year with the aging machines.  The voting machines have been used for dozens of elections.

“I’ve been asking the county since October of 2010 to buy new voting machines,” Rich Chrismer, St. Charles County Elections Director, said.  “I put out the bid.  It was voted on by the county council to buy the machines and the county executive vetoed it.”

The ballots were eventually counted after they were held inside the voting machine until election judges were able to fix it.

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