Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway's Election Fraud Hotline Receives 31 Calls

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Revision Date:  Wednesday, May 23, 2012 
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 31 calls generating 32 complaints/inquiries from 14 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST) during yesterday's Primary Election. Two of the calls involved allegations of vote buying/selling, 12 were procedural questions and 5 involved reports of electioneering within 300' of polls.

"The Election Fraud Hotline is an important tool and I appreciate all of the voters who utilized it to report voting irregularities," General Conway said. "My office will thoroughly review each complaint and the appropriate enforcement action will be taken for any that appear to be criminal in nature."

In addition to the hotline, investigators from General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations patrolled precincts and polling places across Kentucky to respond immediately to complaints.

Election Fraud Hotline Calls

12 Procedural questions
5 Electioneering within 300'of polls
4 Election official
3 Voting machine
2 Vote buying/selling (bribery)
2 General election fraud/other
1 Voter identification
1 Request for assistance/monitoring
1 Exit polling
1 Disrupting polls

Total: 32 complaints/inquiries

The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.

Post-Election Audit

As required by statute, the Office of the Attorney General will select six counties in a random drawing within 20 days of the Primary Election, and a post-election audit will be conducted in those counties. Each county will undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 22, 2012 Primary Election.

Pursuant to KRS 15.243 (3),(a), the Kentucky Attorney General is required to conduct a post-election audit investigation in no fewer than five percent of Kentucky's counties following each primary and general election. The counties are selected in a public drawing that must be done within 20 days of the election.