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Missouri voter database experiences problems

By   /   November 2, 2010  /   News  /   2 Comments

As voters headed out to place their votes on the ballot, poll workers across Missouri reported difficulties accessing the electronic database designed to verify voter registration information.

Laura Egerdal, a spokesperson for the Missouri Secretary of State, told Missouri Watchdog that for part of Tuesday the voter look-up tool used by poll workers was not available online.

“Our office immediately worked to address this issue, and access to the search function was restored by early afternoon,” Egerdal said, stressing that there were no problems with the voter registration database itself, which is “accurate and secure.”

Egerdal said the access to the look-up tool provided by the secretary of state’s office does not impact the process by which poll workers check-in voters or confirm their identity.

“Our office has received no reports that any Missouri voter was kept from casting a ballot because of the issue,” Egerdal said.

Republicans, however, quickly cried foul.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, ran in a hard fought campaign against U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, a Republican, for an open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Kit Bond.

Andy Blunt, the son of Roy Blunt and his campaign manager, said that Carnahan had one job to do on Election Day as secretary of state and she failed. “The statewide system she installed to check the identity of voters crashed and was down for most of the morning. This incompetence is unacceptable,” he said in a statement.

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@missouriwatchdog.org, (314) 482-7944

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Brian formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.