King laments voter fraud in Alabama

Chris Rizo Jun. 29, 2008, 11:27pm

Troy King (R)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline)-Alabama Attorney General Troy King said Sunday that voter fraud is rampant in the Yellowhammer State.

"I am shocked to realize that we're willing to commit soldiers to the field of battle to protect the rights of others to vote and right here, back home in Alabama, there is this shameful election fraud," King said in an appearance on Fox News.

The Republican attorney general said that voter fraud in Alabama has gone to new heights, with "systemic corruption" occurring particularly in Democratic-leaning counties, such as Perry County.

In the June 3 primary, which attracted about 16 percent of the state's registered voters to the polls, more than 50 percent of the eligible voters in Perry County cast ballots.

Surprisingly, about a quarter of the county's overall voter turnout was through absentee voting, officials say.

"It is absolutely outrageous that it continues to occur," King said of the voter fraud, noting that voters are selling their absentee ballots for up to $100 or free gravel for their driveways.

King said the state's elections are being compromised by fraud and electioneering.

He said some local and federal officials have been aiding the "systemic corruption that is undermining government" across Western Alabama, for political gain.

"The fraud is not confined to any one party, and as I am finding out any one part of our state," King said. "We set up an election fraud hotline and allegations of electioneering irregularities are pouring in."

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