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Slay says Audit is a Good Start

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State Auditor Claire McCaskill (KWMU photo)

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says progress has been made in correcting problems at the city election board, but there is still work to be done.

The Mayor's assessment follows release Wednesday of an audit of the board by state Auditor Claire McCaskill. The report, sought by Slay, cites cost overruns for cell phones, poor controls, and voter files that include dead people, felons and Illinois residents.

McCaskill says the state-run board should revert to local control, There are elected officials here that need to be accountable for the election process as they are in most counties in this state. And I don't know what benefit you gain by removing the process of governing elections to Jefferson City.

Mayor Slay and Governor Bob Holden also support a locally-run election board though some on the board say it's not necessary to change the oversight.

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