Gov. Nixon Shakes Up City Election Board

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Nixon shakes up the St. Louis Election Board after a judge ruled Friday the board failed to follow state law in handling absentee ballots.

“Voters must have faith and confidence in the election process,” Nixon said.

On Friday, a judge found 150 absentee ballots that should have been rejected were counted in a state house primary decided by just 90 votes.

Nixon has appointed attorneys Erv Switzer and Al Johnson, both of St. Louis, to fill the top two spots. Switzer, a Democrat, will serve as Board Chairman. Johnson, a Republican will serve as Board Secretary.

Erv Switzer and Al Johnson appointed to run St. Louis Election Board.

Erv Switzer and Al Johnson appointed to run St. Louis Election Board. (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

They replace former Chairman Joan Burger and former Secretary Andrew Schwartz, both of whose terms had expired.

Asked if more heads will roll at the election board, Nixon says it’s too soon to discuss personnel matters.

But Bruce Franks Jr., the candidate who lost the election that’s being done over, says there should be a general housecleaning at the board to send a signal that election laws must be obeyed.

Attorney Dave Roland with candidate Bruce Franks Jr.

Attorney Dave Roland with candidate Bruce Franks Jr. (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

A judge has set Sept. 16 as the new date for the Democratic primary contest between Franks and incumbent Penny Hubbard in the 78th state house district.

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