Lawsuits Claim Vote Buying in Magoffin County

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lawsuits alleging vote buying have been filed by an incumbent in one Magoffin County race and a challenger in another.

Sheriff Bob Jordan and John P. Montgomery, who ran for judge-executive, filed separate lawsuits claiming a man paid "numerous voters" at least $100. The suits claim the man had voters sign blank absentee ballots.

In their lawsuits, Jordan and Montgomery claim more than 1,000 absentee ballots were counted among about 6,000 votes cast on Nov. 2 - a number the plaintiffs say is "astonishingly high."

Jordan lost his re-election bid by 89 votes to Carson Montgomery. John P. Montgomery lost his challenge by 310 votes to incumbent Charles "Doc" Hardin.

Carson denies involvement or knowledge of any illegalities. The newspaper could not reach Carson Montgomery.

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