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Election officials: Mistakes from April won't happen with August balloting

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Officials say they are taking steps to make sure problems that occurred during the April 5 election do not happen when Missouri voters cast ballots on August 2.

In April, more than 60 polling places in St. Louis County ran out of ballots, causing some voters to be turned away. Some polling places also had ballots meant for another precinct or polling place. St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey was suspended as a result.

Officials say the source of the problem was that touchscreen ballots were not available, claiming there was not enough time to re-calibrate and test the machines after the presidential primary in March.

Fey said both paper ballots and touchscreen voting machines will be available on August 2, the day when primaries for local and state races are held.

Fey also said election workers have received more training and are ready to go. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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