ST. PETERS (KMOV.com) - Some voters in St. Charles County said they were told by election judges they needed a photo ID to vote on Tuesday, even though the law states otherwise.
Lynetta Baldwin said she and her husband were prepared on Election Day, ready to brave the long lines that were seen at polling places throughout the St. Louis area.
“There was quite a few people, probably 70 people in line when we got there,” said Baldwin.
With voter registration cards in hand, she and her husband waited at 6:00 a.m. to vote at their precinct in St. Peters. Baldwin said she wasn’t prepared for what happened next.
“They said, ‘We need to see your ID,’ and I said, This is my ID.’ They said, ‘We need see a photo ID,” Baldwin said.
But, in Missouri, a photo ID is not a requirement. Voters are allowed to cast a ballot by showing various forms of ID, including a voter registration card.
“I showed my driver’s license but the fact that my husband didn’t have to sitting a few feet from me, that’s wrong,” said Baldwin.
Several other News 4 viewers reported the same problem.
St. Charles County Director of Elections Rich Chrismer said he sent out an emergency memo around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday alerting election judges to stop asking voters to show their photo IDs.
“They told me they were just going by the law,” Baldwin says.
Chrismer said the judges were thoroughly trained but some did not follow instructions. There are no plans to change how poll workers are trained.
Baldwin said she fears the mishap kept others from voting.