SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tuesday afternoon, several locations around town faced ballot shortage and long wait times.
KOLR10 visited two polling locations that had these problems: Hickory Hills Middle School and Fellowship Bible Church.
At both locations, they ran out of Republican ballots, so people had to stand in line to use an express machine that was available.
At Hickory Hills Middle School, county officials told KOLR10 they ran out of Republican ballots at around 2:00 P.M.
It was a concern since republican ballots were the only ones with a shortage.
People who stood in line for the machine could have been identified as voting a Republican ballot instead of voting at the many available booths that kept your political affiliation private.
People at the front of the line said they had to wait over 30 minutes and there were a couple of people who left and didn’t even vote.
“Our friend’s husband left,” said Ernie Kremers, a voter, “didn’t want to wait, had things to do, normally it’s an in and out thing, and he said ‘I’m outta here’.”
Over at Fellowship Bible Church, wait times were even longer.
It had the same issue: running out of Republican ballots.
“It was the longest we’ve ever taken to vote or waited,” said Drew Holden, another voter, “we waited in line for an hour and a half.”
He even said there were a small number of people who switched over to vote with the Democratic ticket because of the wait times.
Greene County Clerk Clerk Shane Schoeller spoke to KOLR10 earlier today and said all express machines worked well, and everyone’s votes were counted.