The county has experienced more than its share of election scandal. Its auditor was convicted for voter fraud in 2005. Its sheriff and county clerk recently pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the May 2010 Democratic primary.
Christian Adams has reported on the Lincoln County Commission’s vote to clean up its voter registration rolls, after receiving a warning letter from Adams and Judicial Watch for not complying with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act. Note the two photographs hanging on the hearing room wall.
The commissioners cast their votes under the gaze of two former presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy. In “Deliver the Vote,” a history of voter fraud, Tracy Campbell outlines how Johnson first won his senate seat in Texas, stealing the election with manufactured votes in infamous Ballot Box 13.
As for Kennedy, his 1960 campaign featured the delivery of briefcases of cash to West Virginia kingpins. (In “The Making of the President, 1960,” Theodore White said West Virginia politics were “the most squalid, corrupt and despicable” in America, involving “money – hot money, under-the-table money, open money.”)
Local officials in Lincoln County might want to consider redecorating the commission’s hearing room at the same time they clean up the voter rolls.