- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The husband of a Missouri state representative who was defeated in a redo election also has seen the outcome of his race overturned in an electoral do-over that was ordered because of improperly cast absentee ballots.

Rasheen Aldridge defeated Rodney Hubbard Sr. on Tuesday in the race for Fifth Ward Democratic committeeman, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2ff2mdC ) reported. Committeemen typically direct party activities but hold no public authority.

Absentee ballots also led to an election redo in a race involving Hubbard’s wife, Penny Hubbard. Her Democratic challenger for the 78th District seat, Bruce Franks, won the September redo and defeated Republican Erik Shelquist on Tuesday.

In both the Fifth Ward Democratic committeeman and 78th District races, the Hubbards initially won on the basis of absentee ballots after their opponents got more votes the day of the Aug. 2 primary election.

A Post-Dispatch investigation revealed several problems with absentee voting, including that some voters were duped into filling out absentee ballots. Two former Election Board workers told the newspaper that Rodney Hubbard brought stacks of absentee ballots into board headquarters, which would be in violation of state law. And two voters said people claiming to work for the Hubbard campaign filled out ballots for them.

Rodney Hubbard is the patriarch of a north St. Louis political family whose members have held various elected offices over the years.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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