Power outage at Platte County polling locations temporarily distresses voters

Two polling locations in Platte County lost power shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday after a contract crew for Kansas City Power & Light damaged a cable.

The damage meant about 85 customers were without power, including the polling sites, according to Kaley Bohlen, a spokeswoman for KCP&L.

The outage lasted until about 10:15 at a Clubhouse Drive voting site in Parkville and until 10:40 a.m. at the Coves North Clubhouse voting location on Overland Drive in Kansas City, North.

The power outage came on an Election Day with high voter turnout expected around the Kansas City area.

Casey Beane, a Kansas City, North, resident, said the power was out at his polling location at the Coves Clubhouse when he attempted to vote.

Beane said voters were told to leave their ballots behind and election workers would scan ballots when electricity was restored.

“It clearly made a lot of people uncomfortable,” Beane said.

Beane added that other voters volunteered to let election workers borrow power generators, but that those offers were turned down.

He said his wife was holding on to their ballots while she waited for electricity to return.

“It may be totally innocent, but in this day and age, things like that pique your interest,” Beane said.

Wendy Flanigan, Platte County Board of Elections director, said voters could continue voting while power remained out and ballots would be submitted to an emergency compartment.

“A bipartisan team will feed those into the reader when the electricity comes back,” she said.

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