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.

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  1. Herb

    It's time to go to online voting. It would be so much simpler. Everything could be verified online + you'd get a documenting who you voted for. There could be a website that shows instantaneous tallies but only to those that cast a ballot or they could be blocked until after closing then .... Voila!!!! .... you know what is happening.

    That way the Republicans couldn't cheat or infiltrate, cheat and point the finger at someone else. These are the same Watergate scum from almost 40 years ago.

    November 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Bong hits for Jesus

    Obama is going to win
    and there is no God, its just a story to explain when we didnt understand, when we were young in the evolutionary process.

    November 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Marc PDX

    Hate to say something negative in the midst of all this glee, but the Emporer is naked!

    November 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Jimmy J November 4th, 2008 12:53 pm ET
    Jim-jim, don't look now, but you are frothing at the mouth and spewing hate. Got Hypocracy?

    November 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Voting for change Seattle, Wa

    All I want to say is why are you republicans still haters? Why are you still trying to paint a horrible picture of Obama? STOP ALREADY! We refuse to believe your lies, and scare us into not voting for Obama. Just like you ALL scared us into a war for NO REASON.

    We are all Americans aren't we? So answer this one question for me? How dumb and ignorant do you think we look to other countries right now? Real real dumb! You republicans are making us AMERICANS look dumb, stupid and ignorant. You wonder why other countries hate AMERICA, because we have so much hate here in the good old U.S. We it looks like are leading from example; well I am not proud at the hatred I have read on CNN, FOX NEWS and on other pages. You all make me sick.

    Vote for that one person you believe will be a great leader, and who you feel is smart enough to run our country right now? Put away race, religion, who has had more experience and who hasn't. Because both parties are guilty of that aren't they? VOTE FOR THE PERSON WHO YOU BELIEVE HAS IT IN HIM TO CHANGE OUR COUNTRY.

    That one person was clear to me 2 months ago, and I have no idea how anyone can be undecided or think that Palin and McCain will be right for this country. Think with your heads people! Think about our children and our parents. It’s my parents that lost their 401k.

    GOD Bless Obama! 2008

    November 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Please

    This district having the problems is heavy Republican, you tools. Your knee-jerk reaction just speaks to your ideological prison. Let me guess – it must be George Bush and his hurricane-steering, free-market controlling, free-will manipulating mindtrap?

    November 4, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. tulsa

    Just Wondering.
    Good God! Do some research for yourself!
    He created 20 million new jobs, balanced the budget (along with the Republican Congress, give credit where it's due) Gave us a budget SURPLUS instead of a projected 1.4 TRILLION dollar deficit next year....No wars, better education, etc....
    Be informed!
    Don't ask of others what you can do for yourself!
    Vote your concience,
    I will be voting for the man who wants to bring us together and asks us to each do our part. OBAMA, 08

    November 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    FWIW – my voting went very smoothly this morning. I arrived at the polling place about a minute before 6:00. And, while there was already quite a line, the door opened promptly at 6:00 and I was out by 6:32. Not bad, considering the parking lot was fuller than I had ever seen it on election morning.

    November 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. tulsa November 4th, 2008 1:16 pm ET

    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.

    He did it the same way Reagan did, LOTS of small contributions from millions of donator.

    November 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. MR E

    Problemmmmmmmmmm, what do you expect when the state is controlled by the republican party. I will never trust those folks, 2000 election in florida thought us a gret lession

    November 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. PA for Obama

    Just wondering...

    Clinton handed Bush a surplus that quickly got squandered...

    Clinton made problems of his personal life, but he came no where near putting the US in the position it is in today...

    He wasn't perfect, by no means, and had some part in some of our problems, but Bush affected way more lives and the country's reputation in a much more damaging way

    November 4, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Red, Red WHINE!!

    In regards to this whole christian for McCain or Obama.

    Obama is pro choice, he believes women have a sound mind and can think for themselves. McCain believes in abandoning his wife because women are to be used and tossed aside.

    Vote for a REAL man, not male chauvanist pig. Vote Obama, the true Hero.

    November 4, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 4, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Taniel

    The final polls of the election released over the past 12 hours show no sign of a McCain surge; quite the contrary, Monday polling looks to have been good for Obama (full roundup here).

    November 4, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Herb

    Honestly, I would like to know the political affiliation of every one of the ACORN people that supposedly collected false names. It seems too convenient that so many were in what are considered RED states. It's one thing if you are dumb and get caught trying to scam the system and another to hmmmmmmmmm.. create a controversy where there isn't one.

    November 4, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    So many problems on election day, WHY? Isn't 4 years to check everything out enough time.....OR are these voting machines made in China???

    November 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Big Man

    Because of the Intelligence Hotwire we should all be registered and tagged by the Federal Government and completely remove the states control of these affairs of this nature

    November 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Susan, Macedon New York

    It begins. I'm totally expecting the Republicans to try to steal this election the way they did in 2000 and 2004. This isn't a democracy to them, it's a source of wealth and power and they have sucked the life out of this country. If McCain wins there had better be some serious recounting done – and not by Republicans alone in a room with all the ballots. Also, somebody needs to make sure the voting machines weren't hacked or interfered with in any way.

    Dick Cheney won't leave on his own – he'll have to be hauled out, kicking and screaming all the way! I'm sure Bush is more than ready to get back to the ranch so he can continue goofing off!

    November 4, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. John CH

    Gee folks calm down.... What is all the religious talk, I thought there was a seperation of church and state? and all this talk about a revolution like in cuba and the black panthers in Phily? But it is sad that the greatest democracy in the world can't figure a quick, safe way for the people to vote.... Relax, the meek shall prevail......

    November 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Liberal41

    Re: Justin

    It is NOT AT ALL hypocritical for a Catholic or any other Christian who honors LIFE to support Obama because he respects personal choice. A vote for choice is a vote for human dignity and does not amount to voting for abortion. That decision is between a person and their God or Conscience! When will all the moralizers realize their whole platform depends on people having choices? - Open your mind and stop shooting democracy in the foot!

    November 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. anonymous

    The big sign isn't enough – put lights on it. You don't want the little pickaninnies to miss out!

    November 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. FaithPrevails in Wisconsin

    Regarding problems at the polls:
    1. Why wait until the day of the election to figure out: a) whether voting machines are functioning properly, b) to establish an alternative voting method, c) ensure that poll volunteers are knowledgeable about the voting process??
    Listen, when I throw a party, I prepare AHEAD OF TIME! How long have we known that 2008 was an election year??!!!

    2. The poll volunteers look like they're 100 years old for goodness sakes – at least in my small town! (Beloit, WI) They don't understand technology much less can hear and understand a question related to voting!

    My thoughts:
    The majority has had control of how this country is run since our nation was formed. Historically, the majority has lied, manipulated, cajoled, enslaved, ensnared, enticed, and disempowered any other people from trying to achieve the American dream. This country is based on Christian principles, yet there are still many, very many, who refused to believe in our own constitution which states "all men are created equal". United States has for too long been a nation of proclaiming freedom, yet maintains efforts to oppress those who dare to believe that the American dream is for all! Obama winning this election is proof positive that he and men and women like him, are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can be achieved in this country by anyone who dares to dream. It is the responsibility of ALL AMERICANS to uphold the Declaration of Independence, and see that whenever any form of government becomes destructive it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it – we do this not by physical force, but with the power granted to every United States citizen….the right to vote.
    The foolish things of the world will always be used to confound the wise.
    God Bless America! Happy Election Day!

    November 4, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. LadyBird

    Yep, it looks like Obama is going to win and now everyone that doesn't work will get a free ride. Free education, free insurance. I work for a living and I have to pay for my insurance. And I will have to pay for my children's education, but now that the Democrats are going to be running the country, everyone else will get all of these things for free. And I'll be paying for it thru my tax increases. Let's see, how does this work? Obama has raised more money than any other presidentical candidate, so guess what? He will be doing favors for all his supporters. And they are already rich or they wouldn't have been able to give him money. And then we have the poor people who have nothing. And he will be giving them EVERYTHING they want. So, that leaves the middle incomers to support the country. Then we'll have NOTHING. Seems like the democratic way to me!

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Just Wondering...

    Tulsa & PA for Obama,

    Thank you so much for your comments! I am new to the voting/political thing and I am very interested in learning absolutely everything I can. I like to listen to everyone's opinion, research and try my hardest to understand it all so that I can vote in good conscious and how I truly feel not on what I was told to do. It is very confusing to someone who hasn't been involved as long as it seems everyone else has.

    Again, thank you so much!

    November 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. IndyVoter

    Welcome to the Obama Show:

    You need to read the REST of your Bible instead of trying to pick and choose which books/chapters that fit your ideology. If you are trying to paint Obama as the anti-Christ via Revelations 13, try again. The Bible clearly states that "no man calls Jesus the Christ but by the Holy Spirit. AND it says that if a man "confess with his mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in his heart that God raised him from the dead, he shall be saved. Barack Obama has done both very publicly. Now if you want to cast judgment him and challenge his confession of faith, then you go ahead and do that...that will be between you and God. But you can't confess that Christ is your Lord and be the anti-Christ at the same time.

    So just stop it! Stop trying to demonize anyone who doesn't think the same way that you do. If you feel he is in error, then as a fellow Christian you should pray for him, not judge him or others who support him.

    November 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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