4/16: Former Monroe County Deputy Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge was given five years probation after he was convicted of hiring a drug dealer to buy votes.
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Prosecutors said he offered bribes and lowered rent in exchange for votes by absentee ballots.
It would subject Colorado elections to the same types of bad (and illegal) behavior that the secret ballot—first adopted in Australia in 1856—was intended to stop.
Donna, TX — Three women working as politiqueras in the 2012 elections in Donna were arrested by F.B.I. agents in December and accused of giving residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes in exchange for their votes.
According to court documents, the typical payment to a voter was $10, a sign of the extreme poverty in the Rio Grande Valley, which is home to some of the poorest counties in America. Two of the three women — Rebecca Gonzalez and Guadalupe Escamilla — are accused of paying some voters as little as $3 for each of their votes. One voter was given a pack of cigarettes. Others were taken to buy drugs after they received cash for voting for a politiquera’s candidate.
There was a time when vote fraud was so pervasive in Clay County that a lot of honest people saw no reason to vote, said Ken Bolin, pastor of Manchester Baptist Church. “They knew it was already bought and paid for,” Bolin said of local races.
Vote-buying is deeply rooted in Eastern Kentucky’s political culture, helping to make the region a hot spot for federal public-corruption cases. From 2002 through 2011, there were 237 public-corruption convictions in the federal Eastern District of Kentucky, compared to 65 in the western district, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. It wasn’t the first decade in which the eastern half of the state had one of the highest rates of corruption convictions per capita in the United States.
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/30/2963131/decades-of-poverty-and-vote-buying.html#storylink=cpy
LEXINGTON — Five former officials in Clay County have pleaded guilty to charges in a case that alleged widespread vote fraud, bringing the case to a close.
Three others charged in the case previously pleaded guilty. All eight were charged with being part of a racketeering conspiracy that used the county Board of Elections as a tool to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006.