“In 2016, attorney David Roland represented then-candidates Bruce Franks Jr. and Rasheen Aldridge, who had lost elections under sketchy circumstances to members of the politically powerful Hubbard family.
Both candidates easily captured a majority of the votes cast on Election Day — Franks for state representative in the 78th District, Aldridge for Fifth Ward Democratic Committeeman — but were edged out when absentee ballots turned up suspiciously large margins for their opponents.
Roland was eventually able to win a court order prying the envelopes and applications for absentee ballots from the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. Those public documents turned up enough irregularities in the absentee ballots that two special elections were ordered. Franks and Aldridge dominated in the rematches.”
I know this article is about his fight with the St. Louis Election Board over paying a fee, but just as, if not more important is the absentee ballot hustle. It did not start with the Hubbards. It did not end with the Hubbards. There are people in power today who won using the absentee ballot hustle. Political dynasties have potentially been built off the absentee ballot hustle. The investigation shouldn’t have stopped with the Hubbards… and rematches did not make residents whole. Anybody would have won those rematches given the circumstances. And since his request was limited to the Hubbards, how do we know this practice did not happen in other races? And is not still ongoing? How are citizens supposed to have faith in the vote when there has been little if any transparency or accountability?
This is bigger than Bruce Franks Jr. , Rasheen Aldridge and the Hubbards.
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