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"Many of them are procedural in nature and we have only received just a few allegations of vote buying," said Martin.
"Of course we take those allegations very seriously and those will be investigated thoroughly."
FRANKFORT, KY—A former democratic election commissioner in Clay County was sentenced today to 20 years for his role in helping a criminal enterprise make millions of dollars and obtain power and authority in the county. Charles Wayne Jones, 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves for conspiring with a former circuit court judge, a school superintendent, and other county officials in schemes that involved racketeering, money laundering, and voter fraud. Last March, a jury convicted Jones and seven others for their roles in the above mentioned schemes. The jury also found that the eight men were jointly liable for $3.4 million that represented the salaries and contracts they were able to get as a result of the conspiracies. Jones is the second defendant sentenced today. William Stivers was sentenced to 292 months this morning.
originally posted by: diggindirt
As for your final comment, "Selling or buying a vote is a federal crime, but a photo Voter ID would not prevent either one." Yes, if you have to show an ID you can't sell your vote multiple times with multiple names unless you go to the trouble of getting multiple IDs. I can't believe that you are so thick that you can't see this so I'm beginning to believe that you are being willfully ignorant on the issue.
As an election commissioner, Jones helped the Clay County board of elections control the outcome of the primary and general elections for the years 2002, 2004, and 2006.
Evidence at the trial proved that during elections, Jones picked election officers who assisted in corrupting the voting process at Jones’ direction. Jones also gave specific instructions to the officers on how to manipulate the voting machines to steal votes. This was done so that the enterprise could ensure victory for the slate of candidates they wanted in county offices.
Jones also intentionally prepared false election reports to be sent to Frankfort that inaccurately reported voting totals to help conceal the conspiracy.
Electoral fraud refers to is illegal interference with the process of an election. The definition of the term varies from country to country. Generally it includes illegal voter registration, intimidation at polls and improper vote counting. Even though technically the term 'electoral fraud' covers only illegal acts, the term is also used to describe acts morally unacceptable, outside the spirit of electoral laws or in violation of the principles of democracy.
Electoral fraud is also termed voter fraud.