Special election to fill aldermanic seat in 28th Ward

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The second election since Missouri implanted a new voter ID law is taking place in St. Louis on Tuesday, a special election to choose an alderman to fill Mayor Lyda Krewson's former seat.

A special election on June 20 in New Madrid County in southeast Missouri was the first since the photo ID law took effect. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the June 20 election ran smoothly.

Supporters of the new law, mostly Republicans, say it combats voter fraud. Opponents say it is an effort to make it more difficult for Democratic-leaning constituencies to vote.

Four candidates are seeking Krewson's former aldermanic seat: Democrat Heather Navarro, independents Celeste Vossmeyer and Steven Roberts Sr., and Green Party candidate Jerome Bauer.