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Eleven sentenced in Georgia vote fraud case

September 4, 1997

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) _ Seven people were sentenced to prison Thursday for buying votes in what has been called Georgia’s biggest election fraud case.

U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced four others to serve probation.

Two elections in south-central Georgia’s Dodge County were thrown out last year after a judge ruled there had been voting fraud that included ballots cast by convicted felons and at least one dead person.

The seven residents sentenced Thursday received sentences ranging from one year to 19 months. All 11 residents were among 21 people accused in a federal indictment issued in February charging that some voters were driven to the courthouse and paid between $20 and $60 for their votes.

In other cases, voters were paid to cast absentee ballots.

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