Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Works With Law Enforcement to Protect Integrity of 2015 Primary Election
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the state’s chief election official, is again joining forces with law enforcement officials to prevent vote fraud in the May 19 Primary Election. Members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Grimes and Attorney General Jack Conway, met today to coordinate efforts to protect the integrity of the election.
As part of Grimes’ continued effort to expand Kentucky’s traditional defenses against vote fraud, representatives from the United States Attorney’s office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Kentucky State Police also participated in the meeting.
In addition to a robust task force, new laws Grimes championed and the task force supported during the 2013 General Assembly will help ensure the May 19 election is free and fair. Secretary Grimes’ Address Confidentiality Program allows victims of sexual assault and domestic violence to keep their identities out of publicly available voter records and vote by mail-in absentee ballot. And lists of absentee voters will not be made public until after Election Day, helping protect them from being subjected to intimidation or vote buying.
“Safeguarding the right to vote and ensuring the reliability of the election process requires cooperation among all the stakeholders and making sure they have the necessary tools,” said Grimes. “I’m proud of our continued work with the expanded task force and ongoing efforts to make Kentucky’s election laws more efficient and effective.”
Conway and Grimes stressed that vote fraud will not be tolerated and that voters play an important role in maintaining the integrity of elections.
“We’re doing everything we can to ensure an honest and fair election for all Kentuckians,” said Conway. “Investigators from my office will be patrolling precincts and polling places on Election Day, but we also need citizens to join in the effort by reporting any election irregularities.”
“While intra-agency cooperation is important to ensure elections in Kentucky are free and fair, it is critical that voters and poll workers around the state also be alert and report unusual election activity,” said Grimes.
The Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations. The Attorney General’s office also observes elections, operates a toll-free hotline to receive allegations of election law violations, and conducts post-election audits of randomly selected counties.
The number for the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline is 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). Leading up to the election, citizens may contact their county clerk or the State Board of Elections at 800-246-1399 or 502-573-7100 to express concerns or request election information.
Members of the news media covering the election 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.