Unbelievable! The Speaker of the House in Missouri may not seat the legislator who won his primary by one vote amid allegations of blatant vote fraud. One of the charges involves Somali voters who may not have been eligible to vote and were apparently instructed on how to vote.
Speaker of the House Steve Tilley says he may refuse to seat a new representative from Kansas City because of allegations of voter fraud in the Democratic primary.
Such a move would be exceedingly rare but allowed under Missouri law, and it would cast a bright light on a topic Republicans in Missouri have been pushing unsuccessfully for several years: the concept of requiring every voter to present a photo ID when voting.
Supporters of voter ID legislation say it is needed to prevent fraud, but they’ve had scant evidence of actual fraud in Missouri. Tilley said Republicans expect to push a similar bill this year, and while he said he hesitates to politicize the allegations in the Kansas City race, he is sure the evidence will give pause to those who don’t believe voter fraud exists.
Tilley was presented this month with a nearly 100-page document alleging widespread voter fraud from failed Democratic candidate Will Royster, who lost the primary in the 40th legislative district to John J. Rizzo by a single vote.
Throughout primary election day, an unidentified Rizzo supporter brought groups of voters to various precincts who appeared to be Somalis who did not speak or read English. According to affidavits from several election judges, the Rizzo supporter handed out the ballots and told the Somalis to vote for Rizzo.
It sure beats me why anyone would object to producing a photo ID in order to vote.