The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
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.
I bet they don't!
(Does everyone have a nickname in Logan?)
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