Behind the Headlines: Investigating the absentee voting process in the 78th House District race
The contested 78th House District race between Rep. Penny Hubbard and Bruce Franks came back into the spotlight this week as the first days of testimony about irregularities in the absentee ballots took place in front of Judge Rex Burlison in a downtown St. Louis courtroom.
On Aug. 5, 2016, Hubbard beat challenger Franks by 90 votes—that margin of victory came totally from absentee ballots. Franks, represented by attorney Dave Roland, sued in order to force a new election. They said irregularities in absentee ballots made the election invalid.
Earlier this week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released an investigation into the absentee ballot issues, which found numerous problems in the absentee voting system in this race.
On Friday’s “Behind the Headlines,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Doug Moore, one of the reporters on the investigation, joined St. Louis on the Air to discuss the findings.
Some background on the Franks-Hubbard saga:
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