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. Just Wondering...

    I have been reading these blogs all morning and I am seeing where people are saying that we need to elect Obama to shake things up, to clean things up, etc. Alot of people are saying Bush has ruined this country over the past 8 years and that may be true, I don't know. But, the question that I just would like to ask is what did Clinton do during his term? Does anyone feel like Bush had a mess to clean up when he entered the White House? I'm not saying that Clinton created a mess. I'm not saying that Bush created a mess. I'm just curious of other people's thoughts.

    I do agree with everyone else though when they say GO VOTE!

    November 4, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Mike Persell

    I was one of those in line this morning in the 5th ward. I waited over 3 hours to vote and could not have been happier. We were updated by the Obama camp of the situation every 15 minutes and it seemed like they were the only ones that knew what was going on.

    November 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Joseph Womble

    Missouri will go to GOP

    November 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. mitch

    paper ballots seem like the only sure way to vote, it would be way too difficult to create fraud on a wholesale nature, the way they can electronicaly or mechanicaly (hanging chad). On the subject of how many trees that would take, its moot, congress sets the number of trees cut down, and its always more than we need, (keeps the price low). and besides Freedom has paid a price far higher than that many times over. God Bless America

    November 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Bry

    Dan just as I thought, repubs have called those who disagree with them everything from anti American, to socialist, to terrorist and god only knows what else. I make one silly little comment and you just fall all to comment was basically an observation based on looks but no where even close to as bad and insulting as repubs have been this election season!! And no where near as bad as the nasty things conservs have said about Michelle Obama. Oh but you don't really care about that now do you? And by the way, no I don't really believe that a rich, elitist like her who has mansions and servants all over the place has really any concept of helping people out in any capacity. I am sure if she does it is all for show! Have a good day!

    November 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. deomocracy!

    I'm in line at a polling place in downtown St.Louis. Wait time is an hour for ppl w/ last name A-I, less then 10 min for J-Z.Of course I'm in the long line, but its worth it! OBAMA/BIDEN!

    November 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Nick

    Missouri- GO BLUE!

    November 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Kristi in MO

    I am very interested to see whether my home state is red or blue at the end of the day. There has been a big push here by both canidates. Because of KC and St Louis, I have heard that only a small percentage of the remaining votes are needed for Obama to win Missouri. But the "analysts" say it will go Republican. This is the most interesting election of my life and I'm very excited to see the outcome!

    November 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Angel

    Republicans using abortion to elect a leader...i thought this was a personal one told any female to go all out without protection...No government can control a woman's heart....G.W didn't do anythng about it what makes these conservatives think McCain will...If it wasn;t for Christians, Jesus Christ would be 100 times more popular...First they push others away because they don't believe what they believe will people know Christ if they behave this way?

    November 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. steve

    it is amazing how we are historical problems with polling stations opening late, machines not working properly, and ballot boxes unattended. I see another legal battle forming!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Steve

    It just goes along with all the other crap out there. Telling people to vote on Wednesday, saying they can vote by phone. What the hell? Why can't we treat Americans with respect and not try to fool them? Is this what has become of the Republican party? Wasn't 2000-2008 enough? No more of this crap, we have a country to run, GO BAMA!

    November 4, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. JT

    Strong democratic areas are having all the problems again.

    November 4, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. IndyVoter

    Seth: You give your Biblical name a bad name. Republicans are supposed to be values, Christian oriented yet you don't apply what you claim to be about. Don't you know that biblically it is a sin to call someone an "idiot" (or "raca" which translates as "fool" or "Godless" in Aramaic)? See Mathew 5:22 & look it up.

    November 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |


    You might want to read revelations Chapter 13.

    If Obama is the one you might want to change your stance on Obama before it's to late.

    Please Pray!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Kodi Kodie

    Allegations of intimidation; incorrect registration rolls at polling booths; not enough voting machines; no comfort stations for senior/disabled citizens or all voters; apparent unpreparedness for the turnout in areas where exceptionally high turnouts predicted. What next? The dirty tricks and face of Karl Rove in the background comes to mind....Zimbabwe anyone? I guess I will always be suspicious.

    November 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. OBAMA08

    VOTE FOR OBAMA!!! Can you really afford to vote for McCain?? We do NOT need another George Bush!! McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time. A vote for McCain will be re-electing Bush for another 4 years!! As Americans we can't do that. McCain intends to keep troops in Iraq indefinitely!! A vote for Obama is a vote to bring your loved ones home. A vote for Obama is a vote to help the economy. Think about this, In 2004 all of the republicans ran out and voted for Bush and were so excited at what he would do for this country and look what he has done for it!!! This country is in the worst economic depression in decades. Prices are soaring, businesses are closing, crime is at an all time high, and just think McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time. So how well do you think the economy will get with another Bush in office??? TODAY is the day we can stop Mc Bush... go to your nearest polling place and vote for OBAMA.. Call your friends and family in/out of state and tell them to vote for OBAMA before you get the notification that your loved ones in the military are dead. Save your family. When your loved ones die in this war do you think the McBush supporters will care? The money poured out in this miserable war is money that should stay here in the U.S. to help us out of this financial crisis. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    November 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. G. Robinson

    All future elections should be by mail in ballot only throughout the United States. This is ridiculous. Machines should not be breaking down. I smell Republican rats. If McInsane wins – we know it will be because votes were not counted.

    GOBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 08-12

    November 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. SFC Drennan

    Sen. John McCain was an early supporter of launching a war against Iraq. "I believe Iraq is a threat of the first order, and only a change of regime will make Iraq a state that does not threaten us and others," he said in a speech to the Center for Strategic & International Studies on Feb. 13, 2003.

    i agree with mccain its time we changed "OUR" regime,,,,

    GO Obama,,,,,,,,,

    November 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Washington for Obama

    Obama! Obama!....USA! USA! USA! I voted by mail a week ago. No problems! The great NW has some great ideas! Most of our counties are now mail only voting. I'd love to see the rest of the country "Going NW"! Oregon is all mail-in voting, and we're closing in on it. I trust the USPS much more than I'd trust a polling place. There's no intimidation, suppression, delays, fraud...only good clean voting fun!

    November 4, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. LLM from MD

    I voted for "that one" and it feels oh sooooo goooooddddd!!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Nader = Change

    The only way to fix the system is to get rid of the virus that is sickening it, i.e the Republicans and Democrats. VOTE for TRUE change.

    November 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Ace

    Something everyone should know: You can't legally be fired / terminated from your job because you where in line waiting to vote. If the employer is given notice of your situation they are required to give you the time needed to cast your vote. The employer doesn't have to pay you for the time, but must excuse your absence.

    November 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Steve

    I used a paper ballot just so I wouldn't have a machine break on me. What I ended up doing is putting it in a machine....go figure. How dumb is that?

    November 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Garth

    There our voter problems going on in Madisonville, Ohio which is in Hamilton County aka: Cincinnati, Ohio. All the scanners went down in this predominantly African American community. I find this odd and just hope someone is paying attention to the paper ballots that are being transported to the Hamilton County Board of Elections. Not to cast despersions but the man in charge of the Board of Elections is a heavy Republican /McCain supporter.

    November 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    talk about suspicious, raising $454 million from a failing economy, to me that would be stupid to give your money away, why not pay your bills, oh, that's right, Obama will take my money and pay you back.

    November 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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