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Republican Senator in Missouri Calls for Investigation Into Possible Vote Fraud

Aired November 9, 2000 - 11:03 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Before all the questions of what happened in Florida, there were a lot of questions on election night about what was taking place in Missouri; questions now being raised by Senator Kit Bond of Missouri, let's go ahead and listen in.

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND (R), MISSOURI: To me this is prima facia evidence that there was a scheme underway to have the voting polls kept open in the democratic areas. With me is Thor Hern (ph), an attorney who was monitoring that process and participated in overturning the order of the court.

But in that process we found other acts of apparent, willful dereliction -- at least dereliction of duty, when dozens of ballot boxes are left unguarded. When we hear evidence that judges may have improperly allowed unregistered voters to vote; when we hear of a number of the activities that went on, I think the evidence points very strongly to a major criminal enterprise. And if this, in fact, happened; if there is evidence of it, I believe prosecution of those who committed any of the acts in the conduct of a conspiracy to defraud voters should be brought to justice.

I turn now to Thor Hern for a statement he might want to make.

THOR HERN, LAWYER: Thank you, senator. We found, in overturning the court decision that was issued at the 11th hour trying to keep the polls open, that a lot of irregularities may well have occurred that invited or allowed fraud to be perpetrated in the course of this election.

For example, we have just been informed, even today, that the city of St. Louis police department found a voting machine in the 3900 block of Olive that was abandoned on an empty lot. This is the kind of mischief that we certainly think happened and encouraged vote fraud.

When the polls were extended we were grateful that we were successful in promptly winning the court of appeals overturning that order. But it does appear, from everything we've seen...

KAGAN: We've been listening to a news conference from Missouri. That was -- before that gentleman, that was Senator Kit Bond calling for an investigation into what happened with polls in Missouri on election night. Before all this focus on Florida, of course, there was a focus on Missouri when there were motions taken to court to keep polls open. The senator there saying that he believes that polls were kept open too long. Of course, there was news made, history made in Missouri on election night when, for the first time ever, a dead man was elected to Senate. That was Mel Carnahan, the governor who was killed some weeks before the election took place.

And in his place, the current governor has said that Jean Carnahan, his widow, will take his place and will serve in the U.S. Senate. Of course, that's Republican Senator Kit Bond calling for an investigation as to what took place and how the election was carried out on Tuesday.

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