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Tue November 4, 2008
Exercise In Patience: Rough Edges To Voting
Platte City, MO – Voter confusion is more magnified in big cities, but just as perplexing in suburban Platte County. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was at the election commission office on Tuesday and filed this report.
On the phone, election staff members are directing callers, helping them to polls that are a mystery to them, when Julie Ash walks in. Ash has been driving poll to poll, where she can't vote,
"Then I went over to the Lutheran church, I 'wasn't there,' she says, adding, 'So they called and said I'd been deleted and that I'd moved out of state, so..." An election officer says, "So, somebody's going to help her. Yeah, and try to figure out what they can do."
Frustrations are not limited to Platte County. But they are undeniably aggravating. County Republican Election Director Wendy Flanigan speaks of voters lining up before five a.m., expecting colossal lines, some of which did materialize in the southern reaches of the county inside Kansas City.