Alderman Claims Polling Place Gives Opponent Advantage
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– Some city aldermen are up for re-election Tuesday. And one of the challengers in an aldermanic race claims one polling place gives her opponent a home field advantage.
This is about a polling place in the city’s 5th ward and a seriously politically-connected family.
Alderman Tammika Hubbard’s running for for-election. Her mother’s a state representative, her brother used to be a state rep, and her father is a politically-connected north side power broker who runs the Carr Square Neighborhood Center. That center is a polling place for half of the 5th ward. It was also used as a campaign operations center by alderman Hubbard. And it’s where Hubbard will hold her election watch party Tuesday night.
Inside the center, in the room where the voting is done, there’s a mural honoring alderman Hubbard’s great-grandfather. Hubbard’s election challenger is Michelle Hutchings-Medina. And she says all this adds up to intimidation for her supporters. The city’s board of elections doesn’t see it that way.
We were unable to contact alderwoman Hubbard, despite several attempts. The elections board says the Carr Square location may not be a polling place in the future because of all the Hubbard family connections. But so far, they’ve seen no vote fraud and nothing illegal.