2 election officials suspended for municipal election blunder

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MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Election Board has punished two people for the ballot blunder in the most recent election. Democratic Election Director Eric Fey received a two week suspension. Laura Goebel was given a one week suspension.  Neither worker will be paid during the time away from work.  The election commissioners made the decision in executive session Tuesday. Voters said they thought the punishment was fair.  Voter Brian Cooper said, “The suspension is fine.”  Voter Janice Ownby added, “I work with data bases and I know things happen with them all the time you don’t expect.”

During the April 5th Municipal Election a combination of computer problems and human failure caused serious issues at more than 60 polling places.  Many locations did not have enough ballots.

Democrat St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger Tuesday night would not comment on the board decision but said, “Our elections need to work seamlessly and without error and that’s what needed to be fixed.”

Republican County Councilman Mark Harder said someone should have been fired but didn’t say who.  Harder said, “I thought there would be stricter penalties as well as someone to take the blame for the mishaps of a couple weeks ago.”

Eric Fey said, “I respect the board’s decision and will move on from there.”