Office of the Attorney General
Election Fraud Hotline Receives 226 Calls on Election Day

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 05, 2014  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 226 calls from more than 50 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST) during yesterday’s general election.  Thirty-three calls involved complaints of electioneering within 300’ of the polls and 16 calls involved allegations of vote buying/selling.

 

“The Election Fraud Hotline is an important tool for voters to help protect the integrity of Kentucky’s elections,” Attorney General Conway said.  “My office will thoroughly review each complaint for possible criminal violations.  If an investigation is deemed necessary, the complaint will be referred to the appropriate agency.”

 

Election Fraud Hotline Calls by Issue for 2014 General Election

 

92

Procedural Question

33

Electioneering within 300' of Polls

24

Voting Machine

19

Election Official

16

Vote Buying/Selling Bribery

12

Voter Identification

8

Residency

5

Legal Question

4

Special or Absentee Ballot

4

General Election Fraud/Other

3

Voter Assistance

3

Disrupting Polls

1

Request for Assistance/Monitoring

1

Media Call

1

Name of Deceased Person Listed on Voter Roll

 

Top Election Fraud Hotline Calls by County

 

Jefferson – 57 (25 – Procedural Question, 12 – Voting Machine, 10 – Electioneering within 300’ of Polls, 3 – Election Official,  2 – General Election Fraud/Other, 1 – Disrupting Polls, 1 – Special or Absentee Ballot, 1 – Voting Buying/Selling, 1 – Voter Assistance, 1 – Voter Identification) 

 

Fayette – 13  (7 – Procedural Question, 3 – Voter Identification, 1 – Election Official, 1 – Electioneering within 300’ of Polls, 1 – Voting Machine)

 

Madison – 13 (8 – Procedural Question, 1 – Name of Deceased Person Listed on Voter Roll, 1 – Electioneering within 300’ of Polls, 1 – Legal Question, 1 – Residency, 1 – Voter Identification)

 

Magoffin – 12 (7 – Vote Buying/Selling, 3 – Procedural Question, 1 – Election Official, 1 – Voting Machine)

 

A complete hotline report from yesterday’s general election can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/n2ccuml.

 

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

 

In addition to the hotline, investigators from General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations patrolled precincts and polling places across the Commonwealth yesterday to respond immediately to complaints.  The Attorney General’s Office, which has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations, is also a member of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force.

 

Post-Election Audit

As required by statute, the Office of the Attorney General will select six counties in a random drawing 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 November 4 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 5 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.