ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Absentee voting for the August primary election began on Tuesday in Missouri, but electronic voting machines in St. Louis City are already not working properly.
Election officials said a voter at the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners had trouble with the machines’ touchscreen.
According to officials, a calibration error on the machines was not allowing the voter to select their candidate of choice. It is a problem that has never occurred before in the city, officials said.
Gary Stoff, Republican Director at the Board of Elections said, “People need to feel confident that the system works correctly, that everything is on the up and up and transparent. So we are disappointed that yesterday’s [June 21] situation occurred. We are relieved to know we caught it,” said Stoff.
Election officials said the problem is fixed and it will not happen again. They plan to test each touchscreen thoroughly to ensure the problem does not occurred again.
“We’re going to do everything we can to makes sure that voters have a chance to get into the polling place, cast their ballot in a timely and efficient manner and walk out of there confident that the candidate for whom they voted will in fact receives their vote,” Stoff said.
A total of 390 electronic voting machines will be set up throughout the city for the August 2 primary and November 8 general election.
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