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Graves Garrett Investigation of Voter Signatures Signals Widespread Fraud

Graves Garrett has been tapped to lead an investigation that has uncovered potentially widespread fraud by organizers of a recent initiative petition to land an early voting measure on the November 2014 Missouri ballot.

“The initiative sought to create a 42-day, no-excuse-needed early voting period that would have been one of the longest in the nation,” The Kansas City Star reported. “Missouri currently allows absentee voting only for people who attest that they cannot vote in person on Election Day.”

The investigation was initiated by political consultant Jeff Roe, who commissioned Graves Garrett to conduct a full review of petition signatures in 69 of Missouri’s 114 counties. “That review identified up to 2,246 instances of potential signature fraud across 15 counties, more than half of which occurred in Boone County,” The Kansas City Star article said.

The signature fraud is potentially even more widespread than initially reported in Secretary of State Jason Kander’s report from his elections integrity unit, the article states. Kander’s report reviewed petition signature irregularities in 11 counties and ultimately referred matters to prosecutors in seven counties.

Graves Garrett was tapped to review the petition signatures due to its extensive experience in political and election law matters. The firm assists and advises clients in advancing their policy priorities by developing strategies for nationwide public interest litigation.

Click here to read The Kansas City Star article.


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