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Attorneys Erwin Switzer (back left) and Al Johnson (back right) listen to Gov. Jay Nixon on Sept. 6 as he introduces them as the chair and secretary of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has cleaned house at the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, four days after a judge found its employees responsible for absentee ballot problems that led him to schedule a new election  in the 78th House District.

Nixon replaced Democratic chairwoman Joan Burger, a retired judge, with Democrat Erwin Switzer, an attorney and a former member of the now-defunct St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners. Republican Al Johnson, also an attorney, replaces the Republican secretary Andrew Schwartz, who owns an adhesives company. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 7, 2011 -  The St. Louis Election Board, under fire for more than a decade and the subject of a federal lawsuit, fared only slightly better in the latest state audit -- which questioned some of the agency's practices when it comes to finances, following the state's open-meetings laws, tracking voters and monitoring campaign finance reports.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 8, 2008 - After Tricia Francis retired as a reading specialist in the Clayton School District last spring, she didn't have to wait long to find something useful to do with her time. A St. Louis County Elections Board request for poll workers turned out to be just the kind of volunteer work she felt comfortable doing.

"I thought of this as my civic duty," says Francis, who will be assigned to work in a precinct in West County. "The training has been very informative and has helped me to know what to expect."