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. RR

    I actually voted at one of these locations. The polls at this location were supposed to open at 6:00AM. I arrive around 6:25AM and found 200+ people in front of me. The polls finally opened approx. 2 hours later. All in all, it took me about 3 hours.

    November 4, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Jenny

    I think we need to eliminate voting machines from our elections. We should go back to pencil and paper where the risk of fraud is minimal.

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank CNN for setting up the hotline and keeping abreast of all the problems that are happening across America. I wish more news stations had done the same. People have the right to vote and their votes should be counted properly.

    I voted by mail and to make sure my vote is counted I followed the instructions carefully, made sure I completed the ballot, made sure my selections were visible, signed the envelope as directed, and then I put TWO stamps on the envelope just to make sure.

    November 4, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Obama all the way....


    Isn't there anyone whith a brain in these area's? This is too important to screw up like this!!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Seth in KC

    You idiots don't even know the demographic of the 5th Ward in KC, MO. Heavy GOP, so no, it isn't a consipricy... just idiots.

    November 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ "The Prophecy Fulfilled" .......... please, GOD doesn't work with hate and lies! Stop with the hate-and-fear-mongering. Did you not read 2 Timothy 5:7 "For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of love and a sound mind"?

    What is SO disturbing to me, is that the far-right-Republicans claim to be Christian but spew such hate, division and LIES! Here are a few Scripture verses to think about:

    " Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord' and DO NOT DO what I say?" (Luke 6:46)







    November 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Triggidy

    Come on Missouri! Just go blue already!

    November 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Scott Tucson

    Well may the best man win. It might be interesting to see what a closet Marxist can do to this nation.

    November 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Juan Grain


    November 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Country first - really?

    This is supposed to be a first world country but the politics, especially the type now being orchestrated by the Republicans, seems so third world. To top it off, after all the years of preparing and tweaking (in between campaign harangues) we have glitches in the voting system. We need change.

    November 4, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Rob R

    They should extend the hours due to the delay. It is really sad how unorganized and possibly corrupt our elections are.

    The election process needs to be totally reformed for next time. People should not have to wait over 3 hours to vote – or at the very least, they should declare Election Day a national holiday and offices closed so that people can vote and not worry about missing work.

    Second, we need to do away with all electronic touch screen voting or any other electronic system that can conveniently break down or be hacked. I just find it unbelievable that I can go to a ATM and never have a problem, but these voting machines break down all the time. Either the programmers of these machines are not well trained or they are rigged to break down.

    And most importantly, these state election boards need to have clearly thought out contingency plans and ensure adequate number of voting machines at each polling site.

    November 4, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. BeauMan


    Please go back to your Bible and cite the verse where our Lord praises and approves of partial-birth abortion? You better take a hard look at your own religious convictions...then rest oh so comfortably with your Obama vote. And the lies...please, do your factual research on your "Messiah".

    November 4, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Voted Obama Today

    I think the problems are definitely intentional. There have been reports of McCain supporters trying to discourage people from waiting while the voting problems are ironed out and historically the biggest voting problems have been in poor or minority neighborhoods. WMU apparently only has one voting machine for the ENTIRE school. Thousands of students, and 1 voting machine. Oi.

    November 4, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Mad In AZ

    I was given a provisional ballot today in AZ even though I was at the right precinct, my name was on the roll books and I had my valid driver's license.

    Turns out they've allegedly sent an early ballot which I neither asked for nor received. My husband had the same experience, as did most people at our precinct. The provisional line was very long – the regular line did not exist.

    The provisional ballots in AZ won't be counted today, and historically 30% of them are thrown out.

    November 4, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Genie, New York

    Amen brother (The Prophecy Fullfilled)

    November 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Russell in MO

    Missouri has only voted for the loser once in the last century, I hope we can keep that trend going. It all depends on how many racists come out of the woodworks. Barack the vote!

    November 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Denise

    Everyone should follow Oregon's example and go to vote by mail. No long lines, no pressure to make quick selections, three weeks to carefully consider your options. Ballots can be mailed up to the Friday before election day, and then on the Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday can be dropped in official ballot collection boxes at county election's offices. Quick and easy and very hard for targeted disruptions by groups determined to interfere with our rights.

    November 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Lakishia

    I am so proud that it was taken care of immediatley!!!!! Go MO.

    November 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Ben Dallas

    I think the intensive coverage by CNN and other national and local media have but the registrars of voters on notice. Even texas has had a smooth response to the hugh turnout.

    Thank you CNN

    November 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    We can put a robot on Mars; go to the moon seven times and return–how can something so simple be so takes a village–a village of idiots.

    November 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. DBC

    Hip Hip Horray! My husband, my son( 2 yr. old), and I voted on Hallowen in the State of Florida. We demonstrated to our son that the American dream will remain alive for his generation to come with Obama. Let's make history with Obama/Biden 08.

    God bless America!

    November 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. IndyVoter

    In this country, A nano-bot can perform medical procedures inside the body, we have landed spacecraft on & taken pictures of the moon and Mars, a "man" had a baby yet we can't figure out make a voting machine function properly? What is wrong with this picture? Unacceptable! This needs to be one of the next President's top priorities or at least a pledge to get this system fixed and up-to-date by the end of his first term!!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Justin

    Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA, your hypocricy is phenomenal. The fact that you are apparently such a proponent of the "love thy neighbor" philosophy, are Catholic, yet are voting for someone that is pro-abortion is ridiculous. One of the main fundamentals of the Catholic faith is that life begins with conception. I admire you for making a point to mention your faith in your user name, but making an election choice that is completely contradictory to that faith. Bravo.

    November 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Why in the world would ANYONE want Obama (BIG LIAR) as their president? He can't even prove he was born in the US. He doesn't speak about his WHITE mother. He just claims to be African/American. He was raised Muslim (ANTI-American), he doesn't salute our flag and wants to take anything having to do with GOD out of our constitution and remove the Pledge of Allegience from being said anywhere!!! THAT IS UN-AMERICAN AND THAT MAN DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!! GO MCCAIN/PALIN!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Patty

    I voted in Kansas City this morning. The wait time wasn't bad. They only had one issue when I was in line with the machine, but it took less than a minute to fix. Other than that, I had a great experience!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    November 4, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Donna from Kansas City

    I waited in line two hours at this polling site in Kansas City. How is it possible in this day and age that a mistake of that magnitude could be made. It was totally unorganized and I am worried the people who left won't get the chance to come back and vote. Yes, the time should be extended. Some people left because they were worried about the validity of their ballot with the way they were allowing votes to be cast. Really, they had one poll worker and one computer to check everything. It took way too long to get it resolved. The polls had been opened two hours when the books finally arrived. I know....I was there. GO OBAMA!!!!! Good will win out this time.

    November 4, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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