Buying votes with pork rinds?

I’ll try to avoid the jokes but it’s hard. This story from the Hampton Roads, VA Daily Press reports on a Wise, VA official who was convicted of vote rigging and corruption.

Among the inducements he offered for votes were “beer, cigarettes, and even pork rinds.” Was this to buy votes for him or his opponent? 😉

On a more serious vein, part of the scam involved intercepting absentee ballots in the mail and forging signatures.

Former Appalachia mayor pleads guilty to rigging election