In the August primary election John J. Rizzo defeated Will Royster by a single vote. That result is being challenged in Missouri courts over several charges of voter fraud. Missouri Watchdog has found additional voter problems in House District 40 than what has been reported in that legal battle.
Voter disenfranchisement of a precinct
Chouteau Court, part of the Kansas City Housing Authority at 1220 Independence Avenue, is a precinct by itself in Missouri House District 40. But in the August 2010 primary election not one vote was cast from that precinct.
Voters from Chouteau Court were assigned a polling place about three precincts away — outside their precinct and even outside their House District.
Sheila Maria Stewart, a resident, tried to vote in August but like everyone else in her precinct she couldn’t find the new polling place, which had been moved precincts away in a different state House district.
Steward told Missouri Watchdog she tried to vote but she couldn’t find the church. “I tried to [vote],” she said on Sunday. “I know it’s on Euclid,” referring to her polling place approximately 1.3 miles away at St. Mark Union Congregation Church at 1101 Euclid Avenue.”
The old polling location was less than half as far away and had been at Woodland Elementary School at 711 Woodland Avenue.
Voter registration records from the Missouri Secretary of State before and after the August primary show Stewart’s precinct (Ward 2, Precinct 16) has about 180 voters. But like Stewart, none of them found their new polling place in August and were disenfranchised by the change to a polling location far outside their precinct.
Potential voter fraud
Kansas City author Jack Cashill recently asked: Will Somali pirates hijack the election? Cashill described several incidents where as many as 30 Somalis may have voted in the August primary in House District 40. Several affidavits (see below) have become part of a Missouri district court case contesting the election. One affidavit said:
“That morning a group of three or four Somali adults came in to vote. None of the Somali’s were able to speak any English whatsoever. An adult male escorted them into the polling location. … The adult male stood over the women while they voted … instructing the women how to cast their vote and for whom to vote for.”
Resident of District 41 apparently voted in District 40
Missouri Watchdog obtained a list of the 1,798 voters in the District 40 August primary election from Adam Schieber, who had been a volunteer working for Will Royster. Schieber obtained the list from the Kansas City Election Board last week.
A comparison of the 1,798 voters in the August voter history with voter registration lists from the Missouri Secretary of State on April 30, 2010, June 25, 2010, and Aug. 27, 2010 revealed the following:
- 12,320 voters had been registered in House 40 at all three dates this year, but had not voted in the August primary,
- 1,734 voters had been registered in House 40 at all three dates this year, and had voted in the August primary.
- 26 voters had registered after April 30 and voted in the primary.
- 27 voters had registered after June 25 and voted in the primary.
- 11 voters could not be found as registered in district 40 at any time, but had voted in the primary.
A close inspection of these last 11 voters revealed 10 of them failed to match by name since voters had changed their legal names in various ways. These 10 voters should have been included with the other 1,734 who had voted.
One voter from this list of 11 could not be found in any statewide voter registration lists before or after the election in District 40, but this voter had been registered in District 41 in the 6400 block of E. 14th both before and after the August primary.
Myron George Stolbert is listed as an August 2010 voter in District 40 by the Kansas City Election Board at an address in the 8,000 block of Independence Avenue.
On Sunday a neighbor across the street from the address given by Stolbert for voting in August said someone named “Mike” lived at the address of interest. The neighbor had never heard of Myron George Stolbert. No one would answer the door at the address given by Stolbert.
Missouri Watchdog also knocked on the door for Stolbert’s address in the 6400 block of E. 14th — the address in the voter registration list. No one answered the door or appeared to have been at the residence in a number of days, but mail overflowing the mailbox showed his name.
Missouri Watchdog will continue to investigate why Stolbert was allowed to vote in District 40 when he lived in District 41 before and after the election and voted from an address where he apparently does not live.
Too many voters have New Years’ birthdays?
If the birthdays for 1,798 voters were spread across all 365 days of the year, one would expect on average about 5 sharing the same birthday for every day of the year — but with some statistical variation.
The top five most common birthdays among the 1,798 voters are as follows:
- 53 on Jan. 1
- 12 on Dec. 31
- 11 on June 3
- 10 on Sept. 4
- 10 on Aug. 7 or Aug 1
Missouri Watchdog is looking for an explanation as to why so many voters have Dec. 31 or Jan. 1 birthdays and whether that date may have been used on fraudulent voter applications.
Adam Schieber, a volunteer for Royster, is concerned about the integrity of Missouri elections:
“This case is bigger than Will Royster vs. JJ Rizzo; this case is about what the Missouri judicial system is going to allow to pass the definition of “legal and proper.” At this point, a Missouri judge has ruled primary ballots can be cast without voters signing in, without bi-partisan judges initials, and with someone else filling out the ballot other than the actual voter, and that it is all “legal and proper.” As legal voting citizens, if that concerns you, you must take action and contact your representatives and local law enforcement and tell them to investigate this case.”
Schieber suggests anyone that witnessed any voting irregularities in District 40 or other Kansas City elections to contact authorities:
- Kansas City Election Board Directors Shelly McThomas (Democrat) or Shawn Keiffer (Republican), 816-842-4820.
- Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Epperson 816-524-4302, ext. 72236
- FBI, Jim Asher, 816-512-8200.
Update (Oct. 8, 2010): Missouri Watchdogreceived information about the Jan. 1 birthdays.
From the Boston Globe, Culture note for refugees: Happy New Year birthday, Jan. 1, 2009:
It is not a statistical quirk, nor a bizarre proliferation of New Year babies, but a side effect of the global crises that have driven refugees from Somalia, Laos, Bhutan, and other countries to seek haven in the United States. When refugees don’t know their birth dates, humanitarian workers automatically assign them Jan. 1 on the required paperwork.
From the Los Angeles Times, New Year’s birthdays aplenty, Jan. 1, 2010:
Refugees who come to the United States without records are often given Jan. 1 as their date of birth. The practice of assigning such birthdays began after the Vietnam War. …
Of the nearly 80,000 refugees resettled in the United States this year, almost 11,000 have been given Jan. 1 birthdays, according to the State Department. The practice of having overseas State Department or United Nations workers assign a New Year’s Day birthday to people who do not know when they actually were born is not a formal policy, but it has become common around the world.
- 8/16/2010 Affidavits:
- Wendy Jones: “I witnessed approximately 25 people from 7 AM to 7 PM who I believe voted more than once at the other precinct table.”
- Lindee Hopkins (1/2): “That morning a group of three or four Somali adults came in to vote. None of the Somali’s were able to speak any English whatsoever. An adult male escorted them into the polling location. … The adult male stood over the women while they voted … instructing the women how to cast their vote and for whom to vote for.”
- Faduma Nurein: “I personally witnessed Abdul Kadir Sheikh escort approximately thirty (30) Somali voters into the polling place. … I asked him what he was doing and he admitted that he was helping the Somali voters.”
- Jawahir Aden: “I personally witnessed Abdul Kadir Sheikh, a Somali foundation employee, bring Somalis into the polling place at Garfield School several times through the day … I saw him escort groups of people to the Judge’s table and personally witnessed him sign their names on the voter registration book.”
- Lindee Hopkins (2/2): “The Democratic Supervisor, Shawn, falsified time records for himself and another poll judge in order to cover up for his extended absence from the polls of approximately 2-hours during the day and the absence of the other worker from the poll.”
- David Remley: “When I walked in to the Ward 11, Precinct 5 polling station I heard the Democratic Election Supervisor, Shawn, loudly ranting about former President Bush in front of voters.”
- 8/24/2010 Royster v. Rizzo et al: Verified petition to contest election
- 9/03/2010 Contestant’s trial brief
- 9/07/2010 Transcript of proceedings (49 pages)
- 9/10/2010 Motion for reconsideration of order denying new election and for in-camera conference with the court
- 9/15/2010 Amended judgment from Judge W. Stephen Nixon (21 pages)
- 9/22/2010 Royster v. Rizzo et al: Appellant’s Brief
- 9/29/2010 Appendix to brief of respondent Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners
- 9/29/2010 Brief of respondent Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners
- 9/29/2010 Letter from Attorney General Chris Koster: “This letter represents the statement of position of Robin Carnaha, Secretary of State …”
- 9/29/2010 Motion for leave to file evidence outside of the record
- KC legislator may be denied seat over fraud allegations, St. Louis Today, Dec. 27, 2010.
- Judge erred in not ordering new election, Royster asserts, KC Star Prime Buzz, Sept. 29, 2010.
- Will Somali pirates hijack the election?, Jack Cashill, WorldNetDaily, Sept. 23, 2010.
- Judge to conduct hearing in close Missouri House race, Kansas City Star, Sept. 10, 2010.
- Rizzo’s Margin Of Victory Down To 1 Vote, KMBC, Sept. 8, 2010.
- Royster Campaign Files Voter Fraud Lawsuit, KCTV, Aug. 24, 2010.
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