Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline Open during Tuesday's Primary Election
As voters prepare to head to the polls tomorrow, Attorney General Jack Conway reminds Kentuckians that they can help his office combat vote fraud by utilizing his Election Fraud Hotline. Kentuckians who witness election irregularities or possible election law violations are encouraged to call the Election Fraud Hotline at 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).
"Our Election Fraud Hotline is an important tool to ensure honest and fair elections for all Kentuckians," General Conway said. "I want to encourage voters to be our eyes and ears in the polling places and report any election irregularities to our hotline."
The Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline is open throughout the year during normal business hours and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST) on Election Day. The hotline received six calls on the day of the 2011 Primary and 22 calls from 16 counties during last year's General Election. The Presidential Primary Election of 2008 resulted in 59 calls from 29 counties to the hotline.
Investigators from the Attorney General's Office will also be patrolling precincts and polling places across the Commonwealth during tomorrow's Primary Election. General Conway's office has also worked closely with the Secretary of State's Office, United States Attorney's offices in Eastern and Western Kentucky and other members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force to protect the integrity of the election.
By law, the Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations. The office is also required by statute to conduct post-election audits in six randomly drawn counties within 30 days of the election.
The Attorney General's Office will send hotline updates to the media at 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., after the polls close. The office will not provide specifics about allegations – only the number of calls, the types of complaints and the counties of origin.
Members of the news media covering the election are reminded that they may be in the voting room for the limited purpose of filming the voting process. However, as per OAG 88-76, the media may not conduct interviews with voters inside the voting room, record the identity of voters, or disrupt the voting process, a Class A misdemeanor. See KRS 117.236.