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Election theft in Kentucky

Posted by Charles II on April 3, 2009

Via Avedon, Channel 18 in Lexington reports a case of electoral fraud:

Five Clay County officials, including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers were arrested Thursday after they were indicted on federal charges accusing them of using corrupt tactics to obtain political power and personal gain.

The 10-count indictment, unsealed Thursday, accused the defendants of a conspiracy from March 2002 until November 2006 that violated the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). RICO is a federal statute that prosecutors use to combat organized crime. The defendants were also indicted for extortion, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to injure voters’ rights and conspiracy to commit voter

According to the indictment, these alleged criminal actions affected the outcome of federal, local, and state primary and general elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006.

Criminal actions included changing votes on the iVotronic touchscreen system.

According to comments at Bradblog, the county is heavily Republican, but many of the people arrested were nominally Democrats. Registration is 12862 R vs. 2143 D. McCain got 77% of the vote.

Brad says that it doesn’t matter if it’s a Democratic or a Republican scandal. I think it does matter and that it would be impossible for Democrats to conduct any significant fraud in a county that conservative.

I wonder whether Mitch McConnell won his seat. It would be very fitting if his seat became the 60th Democratic seat in the present Congress.

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