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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Voter fraud, West Virginia-style

The BBC had a little colour piece last night on the electoral practices of Logan County, WV - and the part played by the likes of "Big Daddy" Ellis and "Big John" Mendez.

The authorities have (rather unsportingly) prosecuted Big John for voter fraud (second conviction):
Sheriff Mendez indicated he paid anywhere from $10 to $100 each for votes, spending $12,000 in the two elections.

And ex-mayor Big Daddy boasts of his exploits in delivering Logan County to John Kennedy in the 1960 West Virginia primary
by handing out half-pints and $5 bills.

(Logan County broke 61-38 for Gore in 2000. With the state within the MOE, will Kerry be benefiting from Big Daddy's techniques, in Logan and elsewhere, on November 2?)


AP reported on September 16 that
Six people have been charged so far in a federal probe of vote-buying and related fraud in southern West Virginia...

As a result,
Logan County's Democratic Executive Committee has decided to scale back its get-out-the-vote efforts.

"There will be no election workers this time," said Swansey "Dickie" Evans, the county's party chairman. "Over the years, the committee would hire one person per precinct, but we're not doing that this time. The committee just doesn't want to do it."

I bet they don't!

(Does everyone have a nickname in Logan?)

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