Investigations are underway after reports of incomplete voter registrations surfaced on Election Day in Franklin County.
County Clerk Debbie Door, chief election officer, says she is not sure if it is blatant voter suppression, or which groups may be behind it.
Although not widespread, the main issue reported last Tuesday was from voters who thought they had registered to vote online through various websites like TurboVote.
“When they got to the polls, they weren’t on the voter lists,” Door said. “At that point there was nothing we could do. They were able to register to vote while at the polls, but were not allowed to vote on Tuesday.”
In the legal section of the TurboVote website it clearly states “However, it is ultimately your own responsibility, as a citizen, to obtain and abide by all voter registration and election laws, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and regulations. TurboVote never submits forms on your behalf. TurboVote only provides completed forms without signatures, which you have to sign, seal, and mail yourself.”
Door said the misleading voter registrations are a great concern for her and should be for voters as well.
Anyone who questions the legitimacy of their voter registration is to contact the clerk’s office or Missouri Secretary of State.
Door added after the large increase in new registrations in the county before this election, there are certainly more to come in the near future.
“The 2020 election is going to be crazy,” Door said. “We have gained about 1,200 new registrants since August, which is a little more than normal. There are so many political groups out there pushing for voter registration. Social media is also driving the increase in voting.”
Of the 71,982 registered voters in Franklin County 43,384, or 60 percent, voted last Tuesday.
Similar to other counties nearby, some voters here received cards in the mail showing their past voting attendance in 2012, 2014, 2016.
The card gave the resident an “A” grade and stated their neighbor had a “B” rating.
According to a copy acquired by The Missourian, the cards were paid for by the Committee to Protect MO Families, which is a pro-Right to Work group based in St. Louis.
The opposite side of the card says Protect America’s Families “Wanted to let you know how you vote is secret, but whether you vote is public record. We believe our democracy works best when everyone is a voter — including you.”
Door agreed the rolls of registered voters are public information and can be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
“There are groups out there that would buy this stuff,” Door said. “There has been no voter information given out by this office.”
Although leaving office at the end of the year, Door stressed to all voters to be vigilant in coming years and if they have questions to contact election authorities.