ty" and "politics" in the same story, it's bad news. The southern West Virginia county has been a den of corrupt government for generations.
But MetroNews reported a story that should give the long-suffering people of Lincoln County some hope.
Lincoln County Clerk Myrl Gue's office, working with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office, spent weeks poring over county voter rolls to make sure they were accurate.
They started with about 19,000 voters on the books. That was the first sign of trouble, since according to the U.S. Census there are only 21,500 men, women and children in the county.
So, Gue told me, "We started going through them one by one."
They found over 7,200 voters who should have been on the inactive list because they had not voted in two consecutive election cycles. Gue believes most of those voters have long since left the county or are not interested in voting, which means they'll be canceled after the 2014 General Election.
Gue and his staff also removed 2,216 people from the voting rolls. Of those, 294 were deceased, while the rest had moved away.
That leaves just over 11,000 active voters in Lincoln County. Think about that; that's 19,000 potentially eligible voters down to 11,000, because some folks finally did their job.
According to Gue, the voter rolls probably had not been updated in 20 years, and some of the errors dated back as far as 1960.
Unfortunately, Lincoln County couldn't have expected the previous county clerk to do the job.