Election Board directors checked out alleged voter fraud on primary day
5:59 PM, Aug 25, 2010
6:38 PM, Aug 25, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The Kansas City Election Board is investigating allegations of
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Election board members have been questioning poll workers and
gathering facts before facing a judge in court on Monday.
The top two election officials in Kansas City went to a polling
place on primary day, August 3, check out specific allegations of
The Republican director, Shawn Kieffer, says they reinforced the
rules with poll workers.
But once ballots are in the box, Kieffer says there's no way to
know which ballots belong to people who may have cast their votes
under questionable circumstances.
Missouri House candidate Will Royster lost the Democratic
primary by three votes to John Rizzo.
But he says the lawsuit he filed Tuesday is backed up by sworn
affidavits from election workers who allegedly witnessed voter
"They have no reason to have a bias for me or for my opponent.
They truly are people who have just come forward, believing this is
the right thing to do, that they witnessed wrong-doing," said
Royster's lawsuit lays out specific acts.
It says an employee of the Somali Foundation told election
judges he was an intepreter.
The man allegedly took in groups of voters, and helped them cast
ballots for Rizzo.
It says when confronted by an election judge, the man said the
voters were blind and could not speak.
"I think that those questions need to be addressed. If something
along those lines happened in this election, we need to find out
about it," said Royster.
The Somali Foundation executive director would not talk on
camera by says his nonprofit does not tell people how to vote.
He says it only encourages Somali immigrants to get their
citizenship and to go to the polls.
The lawsuit does not blame Rizzo directly for any
"We believe that there may have been overzealous supporters,"
The lawsuit does raise questions about the election board's
response that day, and the actions of election workers.
"I'd hesitate to call any of this, anything that actually
happened, irregularities, until we work through the process and see
where everything is," said Charles Renner, the Democratic Kansas
City Election Board attorney.
Royster is asking for both a new election and a recount, but
he'd rather have the new election.
The decision on recount or new election will be made by a
Jackson County judge.
The first hearing for this lawsuit is Monday morning.