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Report and statements regarding the investigation into the 1936 election fraud by the Honest Elections Committee of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City. The report supports the approval of the selected nominees for the Board of Election Commissioners.

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November 12th 1937

St. Louis Star-Times article about the 1936 investigation into election fraud, including a sketch of Pendergast by Thomas Hart Benton. The article reports Pendergast "said today that he had been investigated so often that 'one more doesn't bother me much.'" He argued that he had no idea of any election fraud.

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December 15th 1936

Letter from Chas. W. Dickey to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing the influence of the Pendergast machine in Greene County, and lauding his work in cleaning up state politics.

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October 27th 1937

Letter from Edgar Shook to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing potential legal action against Kansas City, Missouri as well as "the present controvery respecting the County Court's refusal to pay our employees compensation which we have certified for them." Shook writes that "McElroy has seen fit to abuse the Board and its employees at meetings of the City Council."

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January 13th 1938

Letter from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to W. W. Filkin regarding honest elections and voter intimidation.

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February 4th 1938

Letter from E. K. Bonebrake to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing his experience with machine election fraud in his role as a Republican election judge in 1936. He reports that "the job is not to be envied by an honest citizen," and that Pendergast's machine "had such a large force of workers, against which I had to fight almost single-handed."

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January 27th 1938

Telegram from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, regarding requests for National Guard protection to ensure voter safety at the upcoming election and asking for their opinions on the matter.

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March 26th 1938

Letter from J. E. Woodsmansee, chairman of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the work of the Board and a conversation he had with Pendergast wherein Pendergast "assured me he would emphatically inform his organization that it must adhere strictly to the letter of the law and the rulings of the Board of Election Commissioners."

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April 8th 1938

Letter from Burns Strader to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the upcoming Missouri Supreme Court primary. He writes that "the elections have been characterized by deliberate violation of the law governing elections," and offers suggestions for cleaning up the process.

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July 13th 1938

Letter from Spencer Salisbury to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the election board and voter registration in Eastern Jackson County ahead of the Douglas-Billings Supreme Court vote.

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July 16th 1938

Legal documents alleging election fraud in the primary election of August 2, 1938.

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September 17th 1938

Letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the activities of election clerks and precinct captains in local elections. He is concerned that "Charter Party precinct captains insist on accompanying [election] clerks," and believes "the Election Board has the situation well in hand."

Date: 
March 5th 1940

Letter from J. E. Woodmansee to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing work that remains to clean up voter registrations and other Board of Election Commissioners business. He reports that registration rolls have been reduced by 60,000 "by our method of lawful elimination," but that there are "many unregistered people, who are entitled to vote."

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March 14th 1940

Letter from Mrs. Edw. E. Miller to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding inconsistent voter registrations related to the Charter Party. She writes: "The machine also is attempting to pad some empty houses."

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March 6th 1940

Letter from Major Gregory Vigeant, Jr., to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners discussing issues at his polling place during August and March 1940 elections, including evidence that "a dead man and his wife in this precinct had been voted."

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August 9th 1940

Letter from Major Gregory Vigeant, Jr., to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners discussing issues at polling places during previous elections. He writes that "citizens have been threatened and told if they did note vote as ... they were told to by the machine that taxes would be raised and I, myself, have been threatened by violence."

Date: 
July 9th 1940

Report from Paul G. Koontz on the activities of the Board of Election Commisioners regarding canvassing and fradulent voter registrations, with cover letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark.

Date: 
November 2nd 1940

First page of a multi-page letter to Governor Lloyd Stark, encouraging him to remove R. Emmet O'Malley from his position as Insurance Commissioner.

Date: 
June 6th 1937

Response letter from Governor Park to Guy Peabody assuring him that Kansas City would experience clean election on November 3 and citing problems during a 1928 election.

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October 9th 1936

Letter from John L. Clark to Guy B. Park regarding election fraud and demanding the ouster of Park's appointed election commissioners.

Date: 
August 17th 1936

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