Donald Whitten is off to jail, along with former Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman, after they tried to fix the 2010 primary election by misusing absentee ballots.
Former Lincoln County Commissioner Thomas Ramey was also part of the conspiracy. He faces sentencing later this year.
Whitten, Bowman and Ramey were just the latest.
Before them, it was Assessor Jerry Weaver and Circuit Clerk Greg Stowers, who for years were in the election-fixing business. Incredibly, when Weaver got out of jail, he went to work in the assessor's office and even contemplated a run for sheriff earlier this year.
Over the past two years, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office have worked hard to try to break the cycle of political corruption in Lincoln County.
And now Myrl Gue, who was appointed after Whitten's resignation, has done some badly needed housekeeping in the Lincoln County Clerk's Office.
It's way too soon to say that Lincoln County politics are on the straight and narrow. The political corruption has been like the illegal drug trade; when one drug dealer gets taken off the streets, another one takes his place.
But the convictions and the purging of the voting rolls are encouraging signs.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.