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Election worker pleads guilty to vote fraud charge

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These stacks of voter registration cards were among those considered suspect. Smith was accused of faking names on recall petitions. (KWMU photo/Tom Weber)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – A former campaign worker pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he submitted fake signatures in a failed recall effort a few years ago.

Sebekhu Smith, 55, was sentenced to probation, and is no longer allowed to vote in St. Louis City.

He's one of three campaign workers who faced charges related to their work to recall Alderman Jeffrey Boyd. That effort never even made it to a vote in Boyd's ward because election officials ruled supporters had not submitted enough valid signatures.

The Circuit Attorney's office said Smith, along with Charles Keller, 50, and Linda Rogers, 57, submitted pages of petitions with questionable entries in the effort in 2005 to remove Jeffrey Boyd as 22nd Ward alderman.

Authorities say there were duplicate names, signatures with similar handwriting and names of people not registered to vote or were dead.

Cases against Kellyer and Rogers are still pending.

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