Election day off to a rocky start throughout the area - KMOV.com

Election day off to a rocky start throughout the area

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

Election Day is finally here, and already News 4 is learning that despite the preparations, some polling places experienced trouble as soon as the polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday. 

Several voters told News 4 machines were either not working correctly or not working at all. 

News 4 received reports that ballots were being caught in the slot at the back of the tally machine. 

Long lines are expected everywhere, but some polling places apparently did not have enough room for voters to fill out their ballots on tables. A female voter said her polling place had long lines starting at 6 a.m. The turnout was so great, there were not enough tables and chairs for everyone. She told News 4 that some voters turned to casting their ballots on the floor and on empty benches. 

News 4 received reports out of North County that voters were turned away from a polling place at 7 a.m. due to a lack of ballots. 

In the 26th Ward of St. Louis City, a woman told News 4 via email that voters were not able to vote at 6:00 a.m. The viewer said after 6:30 a.m., voters were still standing in line due to electronic difficulties at their polling place. 

Even after voting, some voters experienced problems with the congestion of people at their polling place. News 4 received a report that one couple waited in the parking lot of their polling place for more than an hour after voting in Fenton. 

St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey said broken machines, ballot box issues and other issues that frustrated voters are routine issues and nothing out of the ordinary. 

"You have to remember poll workers are essentially volunteers. They've been trained, they care about this process, but they're volunteers they do this once every year and they do this once every year, a few times a year at most," said Fey. 

Fey said voters should have patience and understanding when it comes to problems at the polls. When asked if the polls would remain open later due to the issues, he said no. 

In St. Charles County, around 4,000 teachers were at the Family Arena, which is a polling place, for an event. Officials said the amount of people attending the event did not delay voting at the location, but one of tablets that was used to check voters stopped working. It was replaced about 45 minutes after it stopped working.  

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