Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Electronic Locks Irk Election Official but Another Official Says System Works

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Electronic Locks Irk Election Official but Another Official Says System Works

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Francis "Bud" Barnes, a Republican member of the St. Louis County Election Board, admits he's old-fashioned. He's worried that security for vote tabulation equipment at the election staff's new offices in an office park in Maplewood has been left to a computer.

He's upset that the board hasn't spent the $40 to replicate the back-up security it had in place at its old digs in Clayton: two locks on the room in which the voter-counting computer is situated.

The board's Democratic director had a key to one lock, and the Republican director a key to the other. Neither could get into the room without the other. Now there's one lock.

"This is a symbol, the public understands it," said Barnes, a retired state legislator from Kirkwood.

Barnes and Erle Lionberger, county GOP chairwoman, plan to press the issue when the board meets Monday. Jean Mathews, the Republican nominee for county executive, also has criticized the procedure.

Leslye Winslow, the board's Democratic director, doesn't understand all the fuss. …

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