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This past week, Bruce Franks, Jr., the Mobilize Missouri-endorsed candidate for State Representative in the 78th District, made progress in his push for an investigation into the absentee ballots that led Penny Hubbard to an alleged victory in his race.
The dispute received attention from various local news outlets, including an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A summary of the recent coverage:
“The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that they are reviewing two formal complaints related to the race. And the FBI has also reached out to several people alleging misconduct in the election, Franks says.
Franks says he personally has heard from several whistleblowers, as well as voters alleging irregularities. He’s shared that info with the authorities.”
“In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Franks alleged that at least 280 people who cast absentee ballots in the race did not qualify to apply for an absentee ballot. Previous court rulings, the lawsuit argues, make it clear that “voters’ failure strictly to comply with the laws governing the use of absentee ballots is sufficient grounds to justify ordering a new election.”
“Franks Jr. filed a petition for a recount on Wednesday at the Board of Elections Commissioners Office in St. Louis.
Dozens of other St. Louis residents filed complaints with the Board of Elections Commissioners Office Wednesday as well. The complaints range from absentee ballot fraud, ballot tampering and electioneering on primary election day on August 2nd.”
“Election officials across all levels should have been onto this issue long ago, especially given the climate ahead of Nov. 8 elections where voter fraud is a hot issue. Full voter confidence in the electoral process must take the highest priority.”
“Franks’ attorney, Dave Roland, said he has “230 strong leads” on absentee ballots cast improperly. He said the most common reason for absentee voting in the district was cited as “incapacity or confinement due to illness or disability,” which also includes people who serve as primary caregivers for the disabled.
Roland said he is confident some voters claiming to be incapacitated were not, based on interviews and observations on social media.”