The Democrats in East St. Louis ought to be furious with this story about Democratic vote fraud in West Virginia. After all, in East St. Louis they’re only paid $5-$10!
As with past election fraud probes, the latest case targets solely Democrats, who dominate the voter rolls and local governments through the region. In Lincoln County, population 22,100, Democrats outnumber Republicans 4-to-1; the indictment focuses largely on the party’s primary elections, going back to 1990.
Funny that they have to bring up a Republican corruption charge from 1990! I thought this was about voter fraud?
Not that the GOP has clean hands. Republican former Gov. Arch Moore pleaded guilty to five corruption-related charges in 1990, including one that alleged he spent $100,000 in unreported campaign cash during his successful 1984 campaign.
In the 1990s, politicians in neighboring Logan County found themselves on the defensive. Two state legislators, the county assessor and a Circuit Court judge, among others, went to jail on corruption charges that included vote-buying.
The current case targets Circuit Court clerk Greg Stowers, 48, the son of Lincoln County’s longtime Democratic Party chairman; his deputy, Clifford Odell “Groundhog” Vance, 49; Jackie David Adkins, 36, a state highway worker; Wandell “Rocky” Adkins, 49, no relation; and Toney “Zeke” Dingess, 34.
All five have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors allege the defendants enlisted precinct captains to pay off voters and hand out slates listing the preferred candidates. Most votes were bought for $20 apiece, prosecutors said. The indictment also said Stowers drove to Kentucky and filled his pickup truck with booze for distribution to voters during the 1994 primary.
The indictment cites 16 voters who were allegedly paid off. Prosecutors have not said just how many voters, all told, were supposedly bought or how much was spent, but said the conspirators assembled $25,000 for one election alone to bribe voters.
So, their Democratic Party Representatives received $25,000. Well in East St. Louis they recieved $67,000 ! So what happened to all of the extra cash on the east side if they were only paying $5-$10 for votes?