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Missouri House panel to hear testimony on ballot problems

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The top two elections officials in St. Louis County will testify before the Missouri House Urban Issues Committee after ballot shortages affected nearly eight percent of precincts on Tuesday.

Committee Chairman Courtney Curtis, a Democrat from Ferguson, announced the hearing Wednesday. Curtis initially asked that both Democratic elections director Eric Fey and Republican director Gary Fuhr testify Thursday. The directors requested a delay to allow more time to gather information on what went wrong.

A date for the hearing has not been set.

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office and the St. Louis County Council are also¬†seeking answers after a ballot shortage plagued several polling places during Tuesday’s municipal elections.

Fey says shortages occurred in 63 precincts that required ballots for multiple jurisdictions such as school board and municipal government elections. Those polling places require two different styles of ballots. Somehow, the number of ballots needed for each style was reversed. The result was too many ballots in some styles, too few in others.

The Secretary of State’s Elections Integrity Unit is reviewing the election. Meanwhile, the County Council plans a public hearing where election board members will testify about what went wrong. A specific date has not been set.