ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis city residents can begin casting absentee ballots Thursday, Sept. 8th, for the redo of the Democratic primary for Missouri’s 78th House District.
The rare Friday election, to take place Sept. 16th, is the result of a city judge’s order in the disputed August 2nd primary between incumbant State Representative Penny Hubbard and Democratic challenger Bruce Franks.
Newly-appointed St. Louis Elections Board chairman Erwin “Erv” Switzer presided over his first meeting on Wednesday and explained that there will be one big change this time around.
“There was one specific requirement under Judge (Rex) Burlison’s order, which was to require an envelope for absentee ballot voting,” Switzer explained. “Which means that you cannot have touch-screen voting for the absentee ballot voting at city elections headquarters.”
Meanwhile, it’s estimated that restaging the primary between Hubbard and Franks will cost upwards of $70,000, just to open 20 polling places on the 16th.
City officials are likely to try and get Missouri lawmakers to pay part of that since it’s a special election for a state office.
“Otherwise it will have to come from the city budget,” according to Gary Stoff, Republican director of elections for the city.
Last week, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ordered that a special election between Hubbard and Franks be held due to “election irregularities” during the August 2nd primary.
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