Dem Leader Indicted In Alleged Cash-For-Votes Plan

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Athens, Ohio (AP) -- A prosecutor says a county democratic party leader in Ohio has been indicted on charges she illegally offered money for college students' votes.

Special prosecutor Dave Yost says a grand jury on Monday charged Athens County democratic chairwoman Susan Gwinn with two counts of election-related bribery.

The indictment stems from an investigation of whether Gwinn offered a $5 bounty for bringing Ohio University students to the polls on Nov. 3.

Gwinn has said there was an agreement to pay students for a get-out-the-vote effort but called the idea of paying for votes ridiculous.

She has refused a request from the state democratic chairman that she resign her post.

Gwinn did not immediately return a message Tuesday seeking comment on the indictment.

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