Frustration at polls mount as local voters find registration has failed

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 10:00 AM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Tuesday saw more allegations of problems at the polls. Some voters say they did everything they were supposed to, but now it looks like their vote might not even count.

The election is just six days away and one News 4 viewer said when he checked with the election board they said he’s not even registered.

“I’m a citizen of the United States,” said Clayton Lamberth. “They’re telling us go out and vote, it’s important to vote and yet here I am maybe not even being able to vote.”

Lamberth was going to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia and changed his registration to Boone County. He then moved back to St. Louis County.

He says he went to the President’s website- barackobama.com-  filled out his registration and mailed it in last month.

But when Lamberth called the county election board, they said he wasn’t registered to vote.

He asked News 4 to look into it and News 4 alerted the board of elections.

Rita Heard-Days, a former state Representative and Senator and member of the board of elections, checked Lamberth’s registration.

She says while records show he moved his registration to Boone County, there’s no record to show he’s registered again in St. Louis County.

When Lamberth filled out the form on barackobama.com, he printed it out sent it to the Secretary of State’s office in Jefferson City.

That may have actually slowed down his registration, because everything must go back to the county where you vote.

 “They have all these various websites- some of them are national,” Heard Days said. “When they’re national absolutely that comes to the Secretary of State and then to U.S.- but that’s another step in the process.”

Even though Lamberth mailed the registration before the October 10th deadline his paperwork may still be in the pipeline.   

If he isn’t on the voter registration list by next Tuesday, he can still cast what is called a “provisional ballot” which will count within a week or two after the election when and if his registration catches up.

“It’s frustrating, I mean, you just want to have a say in the government,” Lamberth said.  

Bottom line organizations and websites that help you register to vote have to send all that paperwork around, eventually reaching the county.

The best strategy is skip the middle man and deal directly with the board of elections.

 

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