ST. PETERS ( - 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

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.

Copyright 2018 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

Digital Content Producer

News 4 Reporter

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.