Formal complaint filed involving Stoddard Co. municipal elections

Formal complaint filed in Stoddard County Election

STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A formal complaint was filed involving the April 2 municipal elections in Stoddard County.

On April 2, voters in Stoddard County joined others across the Heartland in casting their ballots in state municipal elections. However, something about that election led to a request for a special prosecutor to investigate.

You can click here to read the formal complaint.

Heartland News spoke with the Missouri Secretary of State Voting and Elections Office. Maura Browning said the office received the formal complaint on April 15. They have 30 days to examine the facts and determine whether or not to proceed with a full investigation or not.

In it, Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver said the allegations, if true, would be a felony offense. He said he had a conflict of interest and could not prosecute a case if it landed on his desk.

Oliver’s motion included a signed statement from Ginger McCoy, a longtime employee at the county clerk’s office.

McCoy said a Dexter School Board candidate called her office after losing his race by just three votes.

After that call, McCoy claimed she found two voters signed to a precinct roster who did not live in Stoddard County. She said she told County Clerk Cecil Weeks about the votes and the fact that it would be a felony to certify the election results.

According to McCoy, Weeks certified the Dexter School Board results on April 5, then asked her to hand over her keys and her name badge three days later.

Weeks is not charged with anything currently.

We talked to him on Thursday, April 11 before we got the documents and asked about the complaint. He said he knew nothing about it.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was asked and will have to decide whether or not to investigate the claims involving the election.

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