St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 am
Fri October 10, 2008

Wrong address confuses voters

St. Louis, MO. – The St. Louis City Board of Elections has been fielding calls the last two days from some confused voters.

Many people have absentee ballots they did not request that includes an endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon.

As it turns out the ballots were sent by the Democratic Campaign Committee in the city, not the city Board of Election Commissioners.

Democratic city party chairman Brian Wahby says a printer mistakenly put the Board of Election Commissioners on the return address for mailing.

"We're sorry. We obviously did not want to create any confusion or create any problems," Wahby said. "We're just trying to get voters aware of the application and the absentee process."

Board of Election Republican director Scott Leiendecker says he's hearing from lots of confused and angry voters.

"It's been really frustrating for us and our phones have been ringing off the hook as we're trying to process these registrations and get our work done," Leiendecker said.

He says the commissioners have alerted the U.S. Attorney's office about possible fraud.

Meanwhile the Democratic Campaign Committee officials say they're working to clear up the misunderstanding.