November 28, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As voters head to the polls for the 2022 midterm elections, some minor issues have been reported across the Kansas City area.

A power outage at a polling station in Kansas City, Missouri, caused some temporary voting problems Tuesday afternoon.

The blackout was reported at around 2:30pm at First Baptist Church on Red Bridge Road and Wornall Road.

The outage lasted about 40 minutes, according to the Kansas City Election Board. The Electoral Board said voters had been directed to other polling stations during this time.

All voting machines are battery-buffered and, according to the election board, were not affected.

Other voting problems

In other areas of the subway, the Jackson County Election Board told FOX4 that the only equipment problems were with some printers and they were quickly replacing them. The only problem they experienced was when someone with an out-of-state license showed up and a preliminary vote was allowed.

The Johnson County, Kansas election committee didn’t have much of a problem Tuesday, but they’re busy.

Wyandotte County officials said they had an issue Tuesday morning that has been fixed. The paper ballot is so long that the seller had to fold it to transport it. Poll workers were trained to smooth it out before handing it to voters, but that didn’t happen during the morning voter rush.

Some of the machines could not read the votes listed around the fold and backed out the ballot. These were counted by hand, according to Wyandotte County election officials.

Cass County election officials told FOX4 that they were also very busy Tuesday and two devices were down and needed replacement.

Polling stations in Missouri and Kansas will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Those who stand in line by 7 p.m. can vote and do not have to get out.

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