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Voter fraud has taken on a shocking new meaning in eastern Kentucky you -- your vote and how much did you say you vote for -- -- out.
Richard Moore was paid by -- candidate to vote in a local election.
Prosecutors say it's an accepted longstanding.
And illegal practice and eastern Kentucky politics selling votes is something that almost everybody does.
This about him.
Doesn't surprise you know.
How they feel about it.
I think -- out the new film that didn't peak hit and were they can't fail.
In the past two years more than twenty public officials and others and they convicted in widespread vote buying schemes to steal elections.
More testify for the prosecution that he sold his vote to -- on yours who was running for Bradford county magistrate.
When it comes -- -- just to me like it's just.
Everybody thing -- lawyers met with voters here in the back room of this store in Jackson Kentucky.
It would send them over to the courthouse to cast their ballots when they returned.
He would hand over the cash.
In this situation would they would come to me and asked how much out there for votes.
And not an expert but you know public go to whatever compliments -- most like replace what about dollars they would go into the machine.
It can't provoked I have 12 and one going to be utilities that.
-- stuck up for votes.
And he -- so he -- one vote and come back and I gave him -- hundred dollars.
-- -- -- -- And another county that cost was much higher did drug money buy votes.
Yes we believe that drug money did -- -- -- in Clay County prosecutors say over the course of several elections 400000.
Dollars part of a drug money.
Was spent to buy the votes -- 8000 voters at fifty bucks each one vote was -- up to 800 dollars US attorney -- Harvey is leading the law enforcement effort.
These folks go out.
And and literally hijacked the local elections for their own purposes and then they use those jobs.
To enrich themselves and and -- confess troops.
In court -- today admitted buying votes the convicted multi million dollar cocaine and marijuana trafficker.
Also had served as -- Clay County Republican election commissioner.
According to the transcripts he said.
I always -- votes.
I bought my first vote with half a pint of liquor Eugene Lewis who was a democratic board of elections judged and convicted cocaine trafficker said vote buying was so easy.
I would pay them right in the Booth you would not believe the percentage of people that I have bought their vote from its unbelievable.
The foundational freedom as is the right to a lecture officials.
And free and fair elections -- and the fact that we have people.
That would so willingly.
And so completely corrupt that process.
Is just reprehensible.
State officials I've set up a special voter integrity task force to try and clean up elections Jack Conway is Kentucky's attorney general.
If you sell your vote selling the heart of democracy.
-- if the government belongs to someone is out there buying votes rather than the free -- people then it doesn't belong to everybody.
And and and it's it's very central to our democracy so this work is very important but Richard Moore believes vote -- can never be fully stamped out.
It'll take you could stop know that they'll still be buying and selling votes here for years you.
Why is that.
It used golf -- remote.
-- -- only chipping away the tip of the iceberg.
Because if you don't do something about the inequality.
If you don't do something about the poor folks the lack of education.
You're gonna have this rise again and again it.
As fresh tires he regrets buying votes and is now serving sixty days in jail that's the worst thing this whole situation.
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