ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The losing candidate in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District is demanding an investigation of what he says is possible voter fraud.
Republican Ed Martin was narrowly defeated Tuesday by Democratic U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.
Martin said Wednesday he'll send a formal request to Carnahan's sister, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, asking her to investigate possible voter fraud in St. Louis.
Russ Carnahan dismisses claims of any voting irregularity, calling it postelection bluster.
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***Statement from Ed Martin's campaign***
Too Close to Call
Every Vote Must be Counted
(ST. LOUIS, MO.) Nov. 2, 2010 –Tonight’s election which came down to the wire is just too close to call. Ed Martin is calling on local election authorities to ensure every vote is counted. By the end of the day there were three glaring factors that stood out. The Secretary of State’s office, Robin Carnahan, reported irregularities early in the day. A newly appointed St. Louis City Board of Elections Democratic Chairwoman, Eileen McCann, hired a security company with close ties to Carnahan. Then just before midnight seven precincts in the city delivered an astounshing (and unbelievable) amount of votes. It will be interesting to see if the number of votes actually add up to the amount of registered votes in those precincts.
It all begs a lot of questions and with problems in the Secretary of State’s office as well it only makes sense to make sure in fact every vote counts.
“The people of this district want to make sure their voices were in fact heard and I pledged to them that I would fight to ensure it happens. We need to make sure the election process was in fact fair and that the numbers are correct. I saw several issues in my time at the St. Louis City Board of Elections and serious issues like this should and need to be addressed,” said Ed Martin.