Carter Co. Magistrate Arraigned on Election Related Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email
Magistrate Clifford "Sodbuster" Roe is accused of preparing an inaccurate voter assistance form.

Courtesy: Kevin Goldy, CNHI News Service

GRAYSON Ky. (WSAZ) -- One vote in an election could cost one local Magistrate one year in jail.

Wednesday afternoon, Carter County Magistrate Clifford "Sodbuster" Roe was arraigned in Carter County District Court on a misdemeanor election related criminal charge.

Roe is accused of preparing an inaccurate voter assistance form. Roe allegedly assisted a voter with an absentee ballot on May 8, 2014 prior to the May primary election.

Roe was not present in court Wednesday due to health issues, but his attorney, Richard Martin and Shawna Virgin with the Attorney General's office requested a pretrial hearing for September 24. has obtained a letter from a family member of the voter listing the details of what allegedly happened.

In the letter, it states that Roe went to the home of the voter on May 8, 2014 and assisted the voter who is unable to read or write and has early stages of dementia. Roe "had him X the signature line of his ballot" then drove the ballot to another family member of the voter and had her sign as the witness to the signature. The woman who signed as the witness later felt something was wrong and made others aware of what happened.

The Attorney General's office, which is handling case, has made a plea offer to Roe. A decision is expected prior to his pretrial hearing.

If found guilty, Roe could face up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.

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