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Results flip in Democratic primary do-over ordered due to absentee ballot fraud

A “paradigm shift in St. Louis politics,” where absentee ballot “irregularities” are a regular feature of some Democrats’ campaigns:

It was a very special election indeed in Missouri House District 78 on Friday, September 16. Challenger Bruce Franks Jr. devastated incumbent Penny Hubbard by more than a 3:1 margin, 2,234 votes to 701 votes, in unofficial election results.

 

The special election was ordered by District Judge Rex Burlison, who ruled on a suit brought by Franks claiming improper use of absentee votes by the Hubbard campaign. Burlison ruled that election authorities accepted enough improperly recorded absentee votes to call into question the August 2 primary results, when Hubbard beat Franks by 90 votes though Franks received more votes on the actual election day…

 

As Franks’ lawyer Dave Roland argued in pleadings and court, the Hubbards have a track record of winning hugely lopsided absentee-voter-majority victories

The original voter fraud complaint “contained the serious allegation that evidence exists of illegal activity regarding the absentee ballot process,” including that ballots were “obtained illegally, were tampered with, or both.”

 

Two former Election Board employees also told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Rodney Hubbard and other Hubbard campaign workers brought “stacks of ballots” to the Election Board offices, even though “Missouri law requires that hand-delivered ballots be brought to the election board by the voter or a second-degree relative.”

Missouri General Assembly overrides Nixon’s voter ID veto

In a veto session today, Missouri lawmakers again approved a photo voter ID bill, overriding Democrat Governor Jay Nixon’s veto. The House voted 115-41 in favor; the Senate 24-7.

House Bill 1631 requires state residents present valid, government-issued identification to election officials before they’re allowed to cast votes. The requirement isn’t absolute: Citizens could sign a statement pledging that they have no such identification, and would then be allowed to vote.

The measure faces one more hurdle in the November general election, when Missourians will be asked to consider Constitutional Amendment 6, which allows for voter ID requirements. If voters reject the amendment, the law passed Wednesday could be at risk if challenged in court.

Missouri’s District 78 Democrat primary overturned due to voter fraud

Another election outcome affected by voter fraud:  Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned the August 2 Democratic primary election for Missouri’s District 78 state representative seat, which was decided by just 90 votes, and ordered a new election.

The review by the state’s top election official was prompted by an ongoing Post-Dispatch investigation, showing repeated irregularities in the absentee balloting process. And it comes as Joyce’s office launches a grand jury investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing associated with the election.

As part of the review, Kander’s office contacted those who were quoted in an Aug. 31 Post-Dispatch article, including voter Thelma Williams, who told the newspaper she had no idea why multiple absentee ballot applications were filled out in her name. Kander’s office also talked with Patricia Bingham, a former Election Board employee who told the Post-Dispatch that Hubbard’s husband, Rodney Sr., or someone from the Hubbard campaign, would often bring in stacks of absentee ballots to the Election Board office.

Under the board’s procedures, only one walk-in ballot is to be accepted at a time, and it must be brought into the office by a relative.

On Friday, Burlison ordered a new election, saying that “the court is firmly convinced” that absentee ballot irregularities “affected the outcome of the election.”

Missouri voter ID bill sponsor predicts Legislature will override Governor’s veto

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The sponsor of a bill requiring Missourians to submit a photo ID before voting predicts the Legislature will override Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto in September. State Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit) notes the Missouri Senate passed his bill 24-8 in May. The Missouri House approved Kraus’ bill 112-38 in May. An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers, which means at least 23 votes in the Senate and 109 in the House.

Interestingly, the proposed voter ID requirements that Governor Nixon vetoed – present a state-issued photo ID or sign an affidavit and vote a regular ballot – are the same temporary court-ordered provisions the ACLU requested and won in Wisconsin.

Missouri Gov. Nixon’s dishonest voter ID veto

Last week, Missouri’s Democrat governor Jay Nixon vetoed a photo voter ID bill passed by the state’s legislature with a veto-proof majority.  In his veto letter Governor Nixon twice stated, rightly, that “disenfranchising” eligible voters is “wrong” and “unacceptable.” But the compromise bill he vetoed does nothing to disenfranchise any eligible voters.

“Gov. Nixon has been pretty clear that having integrity in our elections is not a priority for him,” [House bill sponsor Rep. Justin] Alferman said. “He’s flat out lying when he’s saying it will disenfranchise voters. We’ve gone above and beyond any other voter ID bill in the entire country to make sure people can vote.”

Under HB 1631, any eligible voters without one of the accepted forms of photo identification can sign “a statement, under penalty of perjury, averring that the individual is the person listed in the precinct register,” show a non-photo ID such as is required under current law, and vote a regular ballot.

 

Eligible voters who choose not to sign the statement can vote a provisional ballot, which will be counted when an “election authority verifies the identity of the individual by comparing that individual’s signature to the signature on file with the election authority.”

 

Voters incapacitated due to illness or physical disability can vote an absentee ballot by mail, bypassing the photo ID requirement. And of course the state will provide photo identification acceptable for voting free of charge to any eligible voters without such ID.

 

Where is the eligible voter who is “disenfranchised”?

 

Nixon also trotted out the old canard that voter fraud is “a problem which does not exist” and claimed that “voter impersonation fraud is a very rare occurrence.” But as Senate sponsor Will Krause noted, “Currently there is no way to detect voter impersonation fraud when it happens. This common-sense requirement would have protected the integrity and fairness of our election process in Missouri while still making it easy for Missourians to cast their ballot.”

 

The legislature expects to override Nixon’s veto during its September 14 veto session, and the enabling constitutional amendment will be on the November ballot for voters to decide.

Months later, still no charges in Missouri voter fraud case

How many cases of voter fraud cease to exist simply because prosecutors don’t consider them a priority or don’t have resources to pursue them?

 

A Missouri woman who records show voted twice in an April election still hasn’t been charged, and may not be:

 

“Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson said his office is continuing to review the case but it has taken a back seat to others because the suspect doesn’t pose a threat to the community… Patterson said he expects his office will make a decision on whether or not to prosecute the woman in the coming weeks.”

Missouri mayor suspended for alleged voter fraud

A tiny Missouri city that’s had its share of “political misfortune” is investigating voter fraud charges in a mayoral election decided by just 20 votes.

 

The city of Kinloch “has raised concerns to the St. Louis County Board of Elections and the Missouri Secretary of State about people being registered to vote in Kinloch who no longer live there. On April 2, the city gave the election board a list of 27 names of people who it claimed were illegally registered…

 

“The city has weathered much political misfortune in the last five years, including the imprisonment of a former mayor on federal fraud and theft charges and the hiring of a convicted felon as city manager.”

 

As always, the smaller the election, the bigger impact fraudulent votes can have.

Missouri House overwhelmingly passes Voter ID measures

The Missouri House passed two measures Thursday that would make Missouri the 32nd state to actively require some sort of identification to vote.”

 

HJR1, a constitutional amendment requiring voter approval, allows the state to adopt a photo voter ID requirement, and HB30 spells out implementation details, including providing for free state IDs and free birth certificates as needed.

 

“The Joint Resolution passed by a vote of 118-39 and the House bill passed by a 118-37 margin.”