“I sincerely apologize to the voters of St. Louis County who are affected by this today,” said Fay.
He said ballots designed for one set of voters were essentially flip-flopped with other voters. The mistake left some precincts with way too few ballots and others with way too many. Fay said it’s still not clear why the mistake happened.
“We have a normal control process in place where we proof all things before we pack ballots and order ballots, and we need to just see where exactly where we went wrong in the process this time around,” said Fay.
The mistake prompted attorneys representing the election board, a voter, a candidate the and treasurer of a ballot issue to seek a court order extending voting at precincts with problems by 2 hours. A St. Louis County judge rejected the request, but an appeal was granted.
In some cases, poll workers had already left before they received word of the court’s decision. In an effort to remedy that situation, voters were able to cast ballots at the election headquarters.
Fay said it’s not yet clear how votes cast after 7 pm will eventually be treated.
“We’re going to have to consult our legal counsel tomorrow to see what the appropriate procedure is going to be there,” said Fay. “We took those in accordance with a court order, but we didn’t receive much guidance in addition to that.”