According to the Washington Post article Selling votes is common type of election fraud:

corrupt candidates in Clay County, Ky., once paid $100. But that was probably too much: It attracted one woman who already had sold her vote. The man who bought it first was outraged, and he beat up the man who bought it second.

Is this a true story?

  • When it says "once" I'm imagining it was 50 years ago...
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 17:37
  • "Selling votes is common type of election fraud". Eh... no. from the same publication as you quoted: Here are nine investigations on voter fraud that found virtually nothing
    – user32299
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 12:28
  • @MichaelK Excellent point. The OP article is from 2012, but now the same title wouldn't correspond to the paper's bias. Only a paper with the opposite bias would have a title like that now.
    – DavePhD
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 15:04

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Official FBI Press Release of the convictions in 2010, there were eight defendants in total. From the Lexington Herald Leader:

In one of those cases, vote-buyer Bobby Red Sams testified that [William Bart Morris], who was working for a different candidate than Sams, beat him up in a dispute over a woman who had sold her vote.

Morris was one of the defendants in the Federal RICO case. My interpretation of the claim hinges on Mr. Sams' testimony (which I cannot find a transcript of), which is why my conclusion is "maybe". I could not find any charges against a Bobby Red Sams for perjury, or even mention of a plea deal for someone described as a "vote buyer".

Here is a link to an appellate court's ruling to vacate all of the defendants' convictions in 2013, and another article from the Lexington Herald Leader describing it. Nothing in either source discounts Mr. Sams' testimony directly. Morris, his wife, and the rest of the defendants later plead guilty to a "racketeering conspiracy" charge, but not for assault. As part of the deal Mr. Morris agreed to serve 5½ years in federal prison.

The original case was USA v. Maricle et al.

I haven't yet seen anything in any of the sources that mentions the cost of the vote, which to me seems to be a pretty small amount to be paid for breaking a federal law.

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