Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Long Lines and a Few Glitches, but No Major Problems at Area Polling Sites

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Long Lines and a Few Glitches, but No Major Problems at Area Polling Sites

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St. Louis marked election day with long lines and periodic confusion over relocated polling places, but with minimal glitches and controversy.

Workers hoping to squeeze their vote into the daily routine helped swell the lines in the hours after the polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday and again before the close of balloting at 7 p.m.

An expedited stream of voters visited most polling places the remainder of the day.

Federal monitors received only sporadic complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses.

Richard Callahan, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, reported a significant reduction compared with other election years in the number of complaints fielded by his office.

Weve gotten less than a dozen calls. Most have been referred to the appropriate local authority to check out. One or so may bear further review after the election, he said.

Callahan declined to characterize the complaints or comment further.

Jim Porter, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Fairview Heights, reported his office had received a few complaints here and there.

The complaints prompted a reminder to Madison County election officials that Illinois law does not require voters to provide photo identification.

Mary Wheeler-Jones, Democrat director of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, reported only small glitches.

There are no perfect elections, she said. They were all solvable problems.

In south St. Louis County, Bob Burns was halfway through his ballot at the Affton White-Rogers Community Center when he realized he couldnt find the candidate he expected to see for 93rd District state representative: Bob Burns.

It turned out the poll workers had given him the ballot for the 92nd District.

You have to watch those electric ballots very closely, he cautioned. I was in a unique position to (notice the error) because I am the candidate.

Voters, meanwhile, showed up Tuesday morning at St. James the Greater Church in Dogtown and St. Peters AME Church in the Penrose neighborhood only to learn voter rolls had not been delivered to the polls on time.

City GOP Election Director Gary Stoff said the 100 residents who reportedly left St. …

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