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One St. Louis County election official mulling retirement after ballot shortage

Apr 20, 2016

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ST. LOUIS - One of St. Louis County's two election directors has been suspended and the other is mulling retirement in the wake of a mistake that resulted in ballot shortages at dozens of precincts.

Republican elections director Gary Fuhr said in an interview Wednesday that he's leaning toward retirement even though the St. Louis County Elections Commission is urging him to reconsider.

The commission on Tuesday suspended Democratic elections director Eric Fey for two weeks, and elections coordinator Laura Goebel for one week.

Nearly 8 percent of all St. Louis County precincts ran out of ballots on April 5, and some voters were turned away. The Missouri Secretary of State's office, the St. Louis County Council and state lawmakers are all investigating.