Court of Appeals Sets Troubling Election Precedent in Missouri
Two months after a major election mishap in St. Louis County caused extreme shortages of paper ballots at 63 polling places, the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals issued its formal opinion on its election-night decision to extend voting hours. As associate Steve Davis, who testified at the legislative hearing during this year’s investigation, writes, the court’s opinion sets a troubling precedent allowing an inappropriate remedy in future elections.
“The kerfuffle resulted in widespread voter disenfranchisement, a state investigation, legislative hearings, the suspension of the county’s lead election director, and the loss of the other to retirement,” Steve writes. While the court attempted to fix the election in real time, a new election may have been a better course of action.
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