Tons of of voters in St. Louis County, Missouri acquired letters from election officers in October erroneously telling them they had been ineligible to vote in subsequent week’s midterm election.
The letters had been despatched out in mid-October, close to the Oct. 10 registration deadline, Eric Fey, Democratic Director of Elections, instructed Fox Information on Thursday.
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It was reported by the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch that 600 voters had been instructed they could not vote on Nov. 6. Nevertheless, Fey mentioned it was “in all probability not” 600, and added the board can have a agency quantity by the tip of day Thursday.
The faulty letters had been despatched after election employees had been confused by Missouri’s voter registration legal guidelines, based on the official. The state permits residents to register to vote by means of mail if their type is postmarked by Oct. 10.
Even when the voter registration is acquired by election officers after the registration deadline, so long as it is postmarked by the 10th, registrations are nonetheless accepted.
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The board, based on the Publish-Dispatch, despatched letters to roughly 1,500 individuals informing them their registration was acquired too late, and that they could not vote subsequent week. Round 600 of these had been reportedly legitimate registrations.
A number of individuals who acquired such letters known as the election board straight away, Fey instructed Fox Information. The election official mentioned the workplace “corrected all these errors,” and is sending a corrective letter to voters who had not inquired about their registration standing.
The election board’s web site, whether or not in a posting or information launch, doesn’t point out the error. Fey mentioned this was as a result of the board would not “wish to needlessly alarm different voters about it.”
Anybody who has been affected by this error will hear from the election board personally, he mentioned.
These with questions or issues can name the St. Louis County Board of Elections at 314-615-1800.