ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is investigating why a suburban St. Louis polling place opened 90 minutes late for this month’s primary election.
The St. Charles County election authority director says the locks on the building were changed but election officials were not given the new key, so they could not get inside.
Ashcroft said this week the problem could have impacted both the republican and democratic races in the Missouri House.
Both were decided by less than half of 1% of the vote, one of which by only 4 votes.
Bryan Cooper, Republican candidate for state representative in St. Louis says, “We saw a couple that said well we tried and then walked away. We are fairly certain absolutely we lost votes and maybe of the other candidates lost votes because the people could not come and vote.”
Cooper also says he has sworn affidavits from 15 people who claim they would have voted for him but were unable that day.
Both parties are petitioning a judge for a recount and for a new election.