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St. Louis Co. Elections Director suspended following ballot problems

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(KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey has been suspended two weeks following ballot problems in local elections that occurred on April 5.

St. Louis County confirmed the suspension Tuesday afternoon. Many voters were turned away from the polls from on April 5 after some polling places in St. Louis County ran out of ballots or had ballots meant for another town or precinct.

Fey recently testified in front of a panel of Missouri state lawmakers who are tasked with investigating what went wrong on Election Day.

The decision was made by the St. Louis County Election Board.

The chairman of that panel, Representative Shamed Dogan, R-Balllwin, released the following statement on the suspensions:

I am surprised and disappointed that the St. Louis County Elections Commission only decided to suspend two individuals for a total of three weeks as a result of the disenfranchisement of hundreds if not thousands of St. Louis Countians. Since Governor Nixon stated that such disenfranchisement was "unacceptable," I believe his next step should be to replace the Commissioners who failed to hold anyone accountable through either resignation or termination. The Task Force on Election Procedures and Accountability will continue its work to get a full accounting of what happened and to improve our elections process so that no Missourians are disenfranchised in our August or November elections. 

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