ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Election officials told News 4 they do not know why several polling places in St. Louis County ran out of paper ballots Tuesday.
Officials said roughly 3,800 people at 95 polling places had to wait for paper ballots to be delivered before voters could vote. Officials told News 4 more voters requested paper ballots than what they had expected. Some officials speculate that some candidates told voters to request paper ballots. They also speculate some voters were afraid of problems that might arise with electronic machines.
“It’s never something that we could put our hands on and say ‘this is exactly why they did it,” said Rita Days, the Democratic St. Louis County Director of Elections.
Officials said more people requested paper ballots than in the primary election in August or in the 2010 midterm elections.