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Recall effort ends against Alderman with invalid signatures

St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners Chairman Ed Martin.
(KWMU staff)
St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners Chairman Ed Martin.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – There will not be a recall election for St. Louis Alderman Jeffrey Boyd.

City election officials said Friday recall organizers did not submit enough valid signatures to force the vote.

Election board chairman Ed Martin said some of the signatures were from dead people. He said there were other problems too.

"We had duplicate signatures," Martin said. "We had what we think are some forgeries. We had a number of problems with signatures, and with signature petitions, the pages, and those who collected them."

Martin said the election board has opened a vote fraud investigation, and will turn over any evidence to local and federal prosecutors.

22nd Ward Committeeman Jay Ozier is one of the recall organizers. He said it's unfair to prevent the vote because of what he says are a few irregularities.

"It's not 2,000 or 1,500 dead people on the petition," Ozier said. "I repudiate any claim to that effect. And those signatures that are valid, they should be counted."