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Missouri NAACP holding new elections Saturday

The NAACP’s Missouri State Conference is meeting Saturday morning in Columbia to hold a second election for its statewide officers.

The group’s state website, http://naacpmissouri.blogspot.com, only has an announcement of the 10 a.m. meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

But Rod Chapel Jr., an attorney and president of the NAACP’s Jefferson City branch, said this week the meeting includes a new election after the national organization’s field investigators determined “some people had voted who should not have voted” during the original election last September.

Chapel lost the Sept. 24 election for statewide president by one vote, 29-28, to veteran incumbent Mary Ratliff of Columbia, who’s led the state organization for more than two decades.

She’s been president of the NAACP’s Columbia branch since 1976.

Chapel filed a petition with the field directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, citing a number of problems he said violated the group’s national Constitution and procedures.

He said the directors cited only one problem in ordering the new election, and didn’t address all of his issues.

Chapel expected the voting to be finished by noon.

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