Polling places prepare for Election Day

7:03 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

St. Louis (KSDK) - In just four days we'll be wrapping up Decision 2012 and polling places across the bi-state area are making last minute preparations.

The city has 14,000 poll workers, and there's still a need for Republican election judges.

Director Mary Wheeler-Jones says not enough Republicans have stepped up to be election judges, so city officials say it's possible they might ask to borrow some Republicans from St. Louis County.

Election officials throughout the metro area report a lot of absentee voting.

St. Charles County says 20,000 residents will have voted absentee by Monday.

St. Louis says there have been 5,000 walk-ins so far, and more than 13,000 people have requested absentee ballots.

From now through Election Day, officials say there are a few things that keep them up at night.

"The poll workers arrive at 5 a.m. or 4:45 a.m. and they panic, even though voting doesn't begin until 6 a.m. And then we're also getting calls from the poll workers sometimes saying, 'Oh, I thought I could make it, but now I can't. I'm sick.' Those kinds of things," said Wheeler-Jones.

"Our voting machines are wearing out, and I'm concerned about that more than anything," said Rich Chrismer, St. Charles County Elections Director.

Absentee voting is allowed in both areas Saturday and Monday.

On Tuesday, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Don't forget to check out our Decision 2012 page for all the information you need before heading to the polls.



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