More Woes for the Hubbards

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – First it was Penny Hubbard, now her husband, Rodney, is accused of winning an August election by questionable absentee ballots.

The same lawyer whose court fight won a special do-over election set for Friday in the State Representative primary is now taking aim at Rodney Hubbard’s win the August primary for Fifth Ward Democratic Committeeman.

“The election between Rasheen Aldridge and Rodney Hubbard Sr. was plagued by precisely the same illegalities that the courts found in Franks vs. Hubbard,” said attorney Dave Roland in a statement.

Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison found, and the Missouri Court of Appeals agreed, that the election board had improperly counted scores of absentee ballots that should have been rejected for lack of an envelope, as required by law.

Rodney Hubbard won his August primary for committeeman by 55 votes.

A lawsuit filed today alleges at least 113 of the absentee votes counted in the race amount to “legal fraud” and should have not been counted.

The suit claims the challenger, Rasheen Aldridge, had 54 percent of the votes at the polls on election day, while incumbent Rodney Hubbard had more than 70 percent of the absentee votes.

The suit asks the courts to order a new election to coincide with the Nov. 8 general election.

KMOX is awaiting a response from Rodney Hubbard.

Friday’s Special Election

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Election Board is spending $60,000 for this Friday’s court-ordered special election in the Penny Hubbard state house primary, after mistakes were made in the absentee ballots in August.

In August, about 4,000 voters cast their ballots. If that many show up again Friday, the special election will cost taxpayers about $15 a vote.

Election Board Chairman Erv Switzer was asked if it’s worth the cost.

September 7, 2016-The St. Louis City Election Board met Wednesday for the first time under newly-appointed chairman Ervin "Erv" Switzer (second from left) and Secretary Al Johnson (far left) to discuss preparations for the September 16th special election between Penny Hubbard and Bruce Franks. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Sept. 7, 2016 – The St. Louis City Election Board met Wednesday for the first time under newly-appointed chairman Ervin “Erv” Switzer (second from left) and Secretary Al Johnson (far left) to discuss preparations for the Sept. 16 special election between Penny Hubbard and Bruce Franks. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

“The right to vote is a cherished right,” Switzer said. “The issue was analyzed by Judge Burlison and he felt that the best way to protect the right to vote was through a special election. So we’re out to comply with that, and the Court of Appeals affirmed that.”

Election board officials are at a loss to predict how many voters may show up for the Hubbard vs. Franks contest on Friday, but the say interest is running “high.”

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