St. Louis County Now Says 253, Not 600, Wrongly Told They’re Ineligible To Vote

on November 4, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 04: A resident arrives at a polling place on November 4, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. In last Aprils election only 1,484 of Ferguson's 12,096 registered voters cast ballots. Community leaders... FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 04: A resident arrives at a polling place on November 4, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. In last Aprils election only 1,484 of Ferguson's 12,096 registered voters cast ballots. Community leaders are hoping for a much higher turnout for this election. Following riots sparked by the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, residents of this majority black community on the outskirts of St. Louis have been forced to re-examine race relations in the region and take a more active role in the region's politics. Two-thirds of Fergusons population is African American yet five of its six city council members are white, as is its mayor, six of seven school board members and 50 of its 53 police officers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County election officials now say 253 voters, not the 600 originally announced, were mistakenly advised that they are ineligible to vote in Tuesday’s election.

Republican elections director Rick Stream said Thursday that letters were mistakenly sent to 600 voters telling them they missed the registration deadline. But Democratic director Eric Fey later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that was only an estimate, and that the real number was 253.

About 150 of the voters caught the error and were restored to the rolls. Election officials are trying to reach the others.

The error was caused by confusion over voter registrations that arrived after Missouri’s Oct. 10 deadline. Election workers were unaware that registration forms postmarked or signed by Oct. 10 should have counted, regardless of when they arrived.

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