Members of the St. Louis Tea Party (and two Russ Carnahan campaign staffers) assembled outside the St. Louis Board of Elections to protest voter fraud in the 2010 midterm election between Ed Martin and Russ Carnahan. The video above is from that protest.
Later in the day, Ed Martin's campaign held a press conference. I was unable to attend Ed's press conference; however, he issued the following statement:
Too Many Questions
Call for Investigation into 3 Main Questions
(ST. LOUIS, MO.) Nov. 3, 2010 –There are a number of questions surrounding the votes in Missouri’s 3rd district race. The people deserve to have these questions investigated and answered so they are assured our election process is fair and their votes are counted.
The three glaring factors which stand out involve the Secretary of State’s office, the sole decision of a newly appointed Democratic chair at the City Elections Board, and an unprecedented number of votes coming in late from the city.
The Secretary of State first of all is Congressman Carnahan’s sister, Robin Carnahan. She reported having irregularities and computer glitches early in the day. We have heard from countless voters who want those problems scrutinized. Many point out that the Department of Justice pursued, for three years, a case against Missouri for failing to clean up the process. “When filed in 2005, one-third of Missouri counties had more registered voters than voting-age residents. What's more, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan,… contended that her office had no obligation to ensure individual counties were complying with the federal law mandating a cleanup of their voter rolls.” (Wall Street Journal, John Fund, July 8, 2010)
People also question the motive behind a newly appointed St. Louis City Board of Elections Democratic Chairwoman, Eileen McCann, hiring a security company with close ties to Congressman Carnahan. Special Services was called on by Congressman Carnahan to do security for him as recently as August 26th. Carnahan paid the company $1400 at that time which can be seen in a quick review of his FEC filing.
Then just before midnight seven precincts within the city and county delivered an astounshing late night dump of votes. In such a hotly contested race and with so many voters concerned it only makes sense to make sure in fact every vote counts. Since Missouri’s Secretary of State is in fact Congressman Carnahan’s sister it is suggested she recuse herself from the investigation and appoint an independent investigator to look into these three main points of question.
“The people of this district want to make sure their voices were in fact heard and I pledged to them that I would fight to ensure it happens. We need to make sure the election process was in fact fair and that the numbers are correct. I saw several issues in my time at the St. Louis City Board of Elections and serious issues like this should and need to be addressed,” said Ed Martin.
We have been hearing about voting irregularities from a large number of constituents and are looking into all of these matters. We ask anyone who may have witnessed any sort of questionable acts regarding votes, ballots and the general election that they contact our office.