Hearing Begins for Absentee Voter Fraud Allegation

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis civil court judge will hear evidence this morning of alleged voter fraud in the Missouri State House Primary won by incumbent State Representative Penny Hubbard.

The allegation is that vote totals are being “tweaked” by pumping up the number of people who vote absentee.

“For years, people have been tilting the playing-field in favor of the incumbents in the 78th District and the 5th Ward,” Attorney Dave Roland says. “They’ve have been doing that by leading people to believe that they are allowed to vote in a way, the law says they’re not.”

The stakes are high, not just for the Penny Hubbard race, but also the integrity of elections in the city of St. Louis. Roland says the allegation of inflating and manipulating absentee votes may be a pattern in the city.

“Round-about 2011, 2012 some of the same pattern I tended to see in Hubbard-related races were starting to emerge in other races as well,” Roland says.

The hearing before Judge Rex Burlison is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

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