More Electoral Fraud By Mail – Dec. 12, 2006

I’ve been following this story since it broke, and today brings additional convictions in the story of the Mayor that recently rigged his own election using mail ballots. Instead of paraphrasing, I have added a few choice quotes from the article below.

GATE CITY, Va. — A former Gate City mayor convicted this summer of manipulating vulnerable residents into voting for him through absentee ballots was found guilty Tuesday of 13 additional vote-fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Dougherty sought out elderly and unsophisticated voters in their homes and persuaded them to give false reasons for voting by absentee ballot. In some cases, voters testified, Dougherty filled out their mail-in ballots, voting for himself.

“For the most part, what he did was stick a piece of paper in front of people and say, ‘Here, sign it,” special prosecutor John Alexander told jurors Tuesday. “This is outrageous.”

Dougherty won the May 2004 election by two votes, 357-355, but received 138 of the 158 absentee ballots cast. He later lost the post after his opponent, Mark Jenkins, challenged the results in court.