November 4th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
14 years ago

K.C. registration books problem resolved

(CNN) KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Polling locations that had incorrect registration rolls in Kansas City's 5th Ward now have the right books, according to Laura Egerdal, Communications Director for Missouri's Secretary of State's Office. She said the county dispatched additional pollworkers to help with the backlog of voters and long lines.

When judges for six precincts in the fifth ward opened the first set of books this morning, they discovered that the cover jackets did not match the registration rolls, said Board of Elections director Shelley McThomas. The covers - indicating ward, precinct and sequence numbers - were mixed up when the books were originally assembled.

"They looked like the right books, but when the judges opened them this morning they discovered, no, these pages aren't the right pages", McThomas said. New books were printed on-site at the Board of Elections after the problem was discovered, and were delivered by deputies to anxious judges and voters in the fifth ward.

Filed under: Missouri • Voter Problems
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  1. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    How is it that ANY polling place, machine, or system can possibly be so poorly organized or run that this kind of problem can exist? It's not as if they didn't know this was coming!

    Our election system badly, seriously, needs reform. Do it by mail, as we do in Oregon. It's organized, and it works with no fraud, no machines, no lines, no weather or transportation issues.

    It seems so simple, to me!

    November 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. The Prophecy Fullfilled

    Never doubt the Bible again... It is really happening here and now:

    .. โ€œAnd in the land shall rise the son of Cainโ€ From the north The Deceiver[Palin] a known Beast of false witness, will take the mark of Cain.
    Together they seek to spread fear and invoke hate among the refugees of sin.
    In their quest for power they will ignore the light of truth shining on the deeds and words they proclaim.
    But take heart, for throughout the land the seekers of light shall rise up and not be fooled. With their strength, the mark [Cain] will be cleansed from the earth and no longer hold power to sway the blind."

    Can I get an amen...? ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. anonymous

    The Bushes want Obama to win, so Hilary is eliminated. So Jeb Bush can run in 2012. Well God told me to make sure that Jeb Bush never becomes president. See Jeb, I believe in God too, you and youre sleazy Florida friends are not the only ones who believe in God. And God told me you are a fraud.

    November 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Joe Green

    Your article about people opposing early voting is idiotic.

    You unscientifically sample three people and conclude that early voting is bad.

    One idiot changed their mind. Whose fault is that? The whole concept of being "undecided" after two years ot campaigning is ridiculous. Read up and vote and make your choice.

    Early voting puts an end to "October Suprises" and Karl Rove's strategies.


    November 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Bry

    McCain's wife is really a witch

    November 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Liberal41

    Kudos for a quick resolution! Let's hope not too many people had to leave for work or school while waiting for this to clear up!

    Go Team! Jo-Bama!

    Liberal = "of and for Freedom"

    November 4, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Jim

    PLEASE GO VOTE! Don't listen to people saying Obama's winning. It's a strategy to keep Obama's supporters away from voting. Make sure your vote count. If you don't vote, it does not count.

    November 4, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. sandee in Portland are so right. It's disgraceful the problems voters run into every election cycle.

    November 4, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Brad in KCMO

    Oh it's fixed now? Can I have my 2 hours back from standing on line this morning while you worked on it?

    November 4, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. johnrj08

    This country, which is allegedly the greatest democracy in the world, has morons running its elections. There is no excuse for all the problems at the polls that we've been reading about this morning. And I'm sure they'll just get worse as the day progresses.

    November 4, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Frank,MO

    We need UN observers !

    November 4, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |




    GO VOTE!

    OBAMA/ BIDEN IN '08!


    November 4, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. dan


    Good to see only Republicans are mean spirited.

    Do you know anything about Cindy McCain? Or do you just spout off the nonsense you read on the internet. I personnaly dont know Cindy McCain but have read about her humanitarian trips to Africa. You may not agree with her husband's politics but I find it hard to believe that someone who travels on humanitarian trips to Africa is a witch. The division in this country is NOT a one way street. It is caused by people like you from BOTH sides not just the Republicans.

    November 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Don't they do a "dry run" of these things? Really, you didn't know you had the wrong books until the day of the election?

    So now will the hours be extended at these locations to accomodate the several hour delay?

    Let's get a nation wide standard for these things! With enough machines and ballots to eliminate these issues. It should not be difficult to vote!!


    November 4, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. mark

    I live in CA, the most populous and 3rd largest state in area. It took 1/2 an hou to vote this morning, more time than in the previous 5 elections in which I have voted. In trying to understand the problems in other states re: voting, I seem to think this happens in states that have been "red" the past few elections (i.e., OH, FL, MO, NC, VA, GA etc). To me, this sticks out like a sore thumb that the repubs have been successful in their voter suppression efforts. Maybe it's just my perception, but the media coverage seems to center in these red areas. Does CNN have any correlation studies, or is it truly a national problem?

    Hope this election can change this cycle so ALL citizens can exercise their civic rights (& duty) and vote.

    November 4, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Gloria - Minnesota

    It is shameful that in the United States of America, in 2008, with all the technology, knowledge, and history behind our election process, so many problems can arise! It seems that paper ballots nationwide are the way to go–even though it may kill too many trees!

    We need to get our act together and figure out a sure, safe, and fraud free method of holding our elections!

    Obama/Biden in '08!!

    November 4, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Lillie

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

    si se puede!

    November 4, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Roger from CA

    I just don't get how some people just don't understand the importance of being exacting and detail-oriented. Whoever put that together was dumb. Whoever was responsible to make sure that the books HAD been put together correctly was dumb. Whoever was responsible to get the right books to the right precincts was dumb.

    November 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Rex

    I am glad this situation is resolved finally

    November 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Mccain/Palin are liars!

    I voted today!!! woohooo I cannot wait for tonight#@%#@% I got my I voted sticker and everything, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. sick n tired

    Its funny how we can have all this useless technology(I-Phone, i-pod, blackberry, ECT...) but still cant come up with a voting machine that works correctly?

    November 4, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Shari, NY

    Isaiah 54:17 – "No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn."

    I proudly voted for "That One".

    November 4, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Please

    Missouri is not a red state. See history books.

    November 4, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. kdrr

    I've been watching CNN (in California) all morning. Constant McCain ads about Obama and Rev. Wright. I gues if you don't have anything better to say, throw that out again on Election Day.

    Californians, get out and vote for Obama even though we are not a battleground state. Let's give him the largest popular vote count ever! Also, be sure to vote for your Democratic Senator and Congressional Rep. Do not be fooled by thinking the race is over and that your vote won't change the outcome. We need to give Obama a monster mandate so we don't have to worry about election fraud.

    Thank you.

    November 4, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Jimmy J

    All I read in the blogs is division among americans. And OBAMA is responsible for this. Black-Whites... incredible. black panthers in philly, LA ready for riots... and OBAMA devoters are proud of this.
    This election is not about principles anymore... this has turned into followers...blind followers...
    After Obama fails on his promises of FREE everything... and the evil corporate and small business owners take their business somewhere else, what is going to happen?.... CUBA... Asks the Cuban what revolution they have had.... CHANGE...

    November 4, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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