West Virginia Sheriff, Clerk Snared in Vote Fraud Investigation

-By Warner Todd Huston

A Lincoln County, West Virginia Sheriff and Clerk are to plead guilty to charges of vote fraud in the 2010 Democrat primary after the pair were arrested during an election fraud investigation conducted by state and federal authorities.

Sheriff Jerry Bowman and Clerk Donald Whitten were caught in a scheme to file fraudulent absentee ballots in an effort to get Whitten elected Circuit Clerk. Whitten will also pled guilty to lying to an FBI agent hired by WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to investigate the false absentee ballots.

Sheriff Bowman, who is at the tail end of a second term and is term-limited from running again, conspired with Whitten and a thus far unidentified candidate for county commissioner to help Whitten win a close election with the fraudulent absentee ballot scheme.

“The Candidates further agreed that they would complete absentee ballot applications for voters,” the agreement documents said. “The Candidates also agreed that on those applications they would state certain reasons that voters were legally eligible to vote absentee, regardless of whether those reasons were true.”

In 2004 several Lincoln and Logan County officials were convicted of vote fraud in a federal vote-buying case. Convicted included Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Greg Stowers and county Assessor Jerry Weaver. Amazingly, Weaver is now running for county sheriff.

But, remember… left-wingers and Democrats say there is no vote fraud in the USA.


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  • Liberals have never said there is or never has been vote fraud in the US. You construct a strawman that you can tilt at in your Right-wing armor.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Wow, is your reply dishonest. The Brennan Center's entire central point is that there is no real vote fraud in the USA! Eric Holder also said the same thing. The ACLU has also said the same thing. All these extremist, left-wingers say there is no vote fraud in the USA. Of course, they don't want people to pay attention to the real vote fraud because it is almost exclusively a method used by liberals in the USA. They don't want their methods uncovered and stopped.

  • Holder didn't say there was none. He said it was uncommon. No matter who commits vote fraud, they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    And he lied. It is not uncommon. I can report new stories of Democrat voter fraud several times a month, every month of the year.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    And I can report seveal times about Republican fraud...


    So what's your point? Election fraud is a crime -- dealing with it should be done deligently with as little disruption of the franchse as possible -- because these scumbags don't deserve to win just by disrupting elections.

  • You mean like this voter fraud?


    No one claims that voter fraud doesn't exists -- just that the Republican "remedies" do little to prevent it. Even in this case the only remedy was diligence. The people involved were breaking the law to stuff the ballot boxes.

  • In reply to sddreamer:

    It is laughable to claim that Republicans engage in vote fraud in any where near equal proportions as Democrats. Sure Republicans have been caught at it. But on the GOP side it is the exception to the rule. On the Dem. side it IS THE RULE.

  • I agree, publiusforum, about the necessity of being eternally vigilant in preserving the integrity of our elections.
    The consequences are catastrophic. Like electing one of the worst presidents in our history due to voting manipulation in Florida.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Are you siting on a unicorn as you type that?

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