Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting recently reported that vote-buying still continues in many Eastern Kentucky counties. The report came out shortly after a federal court conviction finding three people guilty of conspiring to buy votes in Magoffin County in 2014. In Clay County, a former judge and school superintendent were involved in a racketeering conspiracy to control elections.  In the Floyd County community of Martin. Mayor Ruth Robinson, was convicted of vote buying in connection with her re-election bid in 2012, She lost the election by three votes, but for her crime, the 71 year old former mayor is serving 90 months in federal prison. Kentucky ranks near the top in the nation in public corruption. So when a candidate readily sells their vote, we shouldn't be surprised when they get into office and continue with corrupt practices.