Election Fraud Becomes Public In West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An investigation of election fraud in West Virginia is coming to light.

A Monday news conference is expected to provide details from a fraud probe in the state’s southern federal court district.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant are conducting the press event at the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse.

The news comes just after West Virginia ended its 2012 candidate filing period.

A 2004 federal vote-buying probe led to guilty pleas by several elected Democratic officials in Logan and Lincoln counties. One of those convicted, former Lincoln County Assessor Jerry Weaver, is now running for sheriff.

More recently, a judge threw out more than 300 contested absentee ballots in Lincoln County’s 2010 Democratic primary. That changed the outcome in the circuit clerk’s race.

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