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Authorities to watch for drug impact on election

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Booze has been traded for votes in the Appalachian region in years past, but at least one election official is raising prescription pills as a new worry.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official, voiced that concern at a Capitol press conference on Tuesday where she appeared with federal and state investigators to put unscrupulous politicians on notice that they'll be closely watched on Nov. 6.

Grimes said protecting the integrity of the election process is crucial and that swapping votes for pills or dollar bills won't be tolerated.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said election officials in her state also will be on the lookout for criminals who would chip away at the Democratic process by buying votes.

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