St. Louis board of elections racing to get ready for 78th District special election

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis City Board of Elections is under the gun; and time is of the essence for everyone involved in this new election.

This is the first meeting since the governor appointed two new members.

That came as the result of a city circuit judge`s ruling determine there were variety of mistakes by election staff that put the 78th house race in doubt.  In that Democratic Primary Penny Hubbard faced Bruce Franks.

A new election will be held a week from this Friday on September 16th.

Absentee voting begins tomorrow.

So if you plan to mail in your ballot you don`t have a lot of time.

New elections board chairman Erv Switzer and the board went through the upcoming vote casting point by point discussing every possible scenario.

He said the judge’s order will be met; people who vote absentee in certain instances will use an envelope.

Even after the election is held the pressure will still on the board, they need to certify the election well before September 23rd a week later.

They have to have printed ballots ready for the military for the November election.

After the city certifies the state has to do the same.

Wednesday Secretary of State Jason Kander released a report on the absentee voting in the contested election.

His investigators spoke to some voters who shared their voting stories with the Post-Dispatch.

He will pass his findings on to the U.S. Attorney and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney.

He encourages the circuit attorney's office to look at each absentee ballot cast to determine if any laws were broken.