State Investigators To Guard Against Election Fraud

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Investigators will be in precincts across the state on election day, trying to keep an eye on voting irregularities.

The Kentucky Bureau of Investigation and Kentucky State Police will be staking out polls in what has become a standard, and sometimes fruitful practice.

Last year, for example, more than a dozen people were charged in an alleged scheme to pay some of Bath County's poorest residents to vote for particular candidates in a local election.

Among those charged were candidates for judge-executive, county attorney and sheriff, all of whom were either convicted or pleaded guilty.

The top race in Tuesday's general election is for governor, between Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher and Democratic challenger Steve Beshear.

Voters will also select the next attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and agriculture commissioner.

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