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Only paper ballots available for STL City, County voters on April 5

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Touchscreen ballots will not be available for voters in St. Louis City or County when they go to the polls April 5.

Officials say paper ballots will only be available on Election Day because of the short turnaround between the presidential primaries and the upcoming election, which makes it difficult to re-program the machines. Under state law, all voting machines must be re-programmed and tested before any election.

St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey told News 4 getting the machines ready for another round of voting with a short turnaround would require costly overtime pay. According to Fey, election workers have already racked up $60,000 in overtime pay.

“We have to program and load each individual ballot cartridge with the information, then we have to test the machine. State law mandates that we perform accuracy testing on every machine to make sure it is tabulating correctly and recording votes correctly. With 1800 machines, that process takes about two weeks,” Frey said.

Election officials in St. Louis City cite the same reasons as to why there will be no touchscreen machines available. 

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