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Voter fraud rare in St. Louis area

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Voting in Missouri (Credit: KMOV) Voting in Missouri (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

President Donald Trump claimed this week that 3 to 5 million fraudulent votes were cast in the presidential election in November, but a check of the St. Louis region found very few incidents of voter fraud.

The chairman of the Board of St. Louis Elections, Erv Switzer, told News 4, "We had absolutely no indication there were any fraudulent votes cast on November 8th and no indication of any fraudulent votes cast in any general election for a number of years."

If there were as many as 5 million illegal votes cast nationwide, you might expect to find as many as 100,000 fraudulently cast votes in Missouri and as many as 200,000 in Illinois, based on the states' share of the nationwide vote count.

News 4 checked with state and federal prosecutors on both side of the St. Louis metropolitan area and only found two instances of suspects being charged with voter fraud. According to St. Clair County States Attorney Brendan Kelly, 2 people were charged with trying to vote twice in the primary election.

The U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri, Richard Callahan, said his office received 39 calls on its voter fraud hotline on the day of the election but none of them involved fraudulent activity.

"In the phone calls we received we had no complaints. And in prior years, other than that one or two instances where someone has voted in Missouri and Illinois, other than that we've not seen any," Callahan said.

Callahan did acknowledge an ongoing federal investigation into possible absentee ballot irregularities in the race for Missouri House District 78. In that race, incumbent Penny Hubbard won the primary election but challenger Bruce Franks won a special election after a judge through out the results and ordered a new election. 

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