St. Louis Public Radio News
10:02 am
Tue November 5, 2002

Blunt Warns Judges Not to Keep Polls Open

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt has sent letters to judges statewide, reminding them they have no authority to keep polls open.

The letters are in response to the 2000 election, in which a judge ordered some polling places in St. Louis open an extra three hours.

That judge, Evelin Baker, says there weren't enough election workers to allow thousands of people to vote by the 7pm closing time at the polls.