Some counties have more registered voters than adults

JEFFERSON CITY | More than a dozen Missouri counties have more registered voters on their rolls than they do voting age adults.

Topping that list is St. Louis County — Missouri's most heavily populated area.

Following the 2004 election, the U.S. Justice Department sued the state alleging election officials were failing to keep the voter rolls up to date.

Since then, Missouri has instituted a new voter registration database.

Election authorities in St. Louis County and elsewhere say they are not concerned that their counties still have more registered voters than eligible residents. They say their voter rolls appear high because they include thousands of "inactive voters" — generally people who have moved but under federal law cannot be deleted from the rolls for several years.