Man says racial discrimination keeping him off St. Charles County ballot

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by Julian Johnson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 5:19 AM

(KMOV.com) – A man who is trying to run for office in St. Charles claims officials are trying to keep his name off the ballot because he is black.

Stephen Abbington said St. Charles election officials told him he needed to acquire 600 signatures to have his name placed on the ballot in the election for the St. Charles County Sheriff. Abbington, who is attempting to run as an Independent, told News 4 he turned in a petition with the necessary signatures, but he claims election officials lost the petition.

“It’s very frustrating because it’s a long time dream,” Abbington said.

St. Charles County Elections Director Rich Chrismer said Abbington never turned in the signatures and that he does not know Abbington is African American. Abbington told News 4 he has met Chrismer many times.

Officials told News 4 Abbington needs to accumulate 1900 signatures to have his name placed on the ballot. Abbington told News 4 he thinks Chrismer is trying to discourage him from running.

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