Secretary of State
Conway and Grimes Combine Forces to Protect Election Integrity

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 08, 2012  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Attorney General Jack Conway, the state’s chief law enforcement official, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, are joining forces to prevent vote fraud in the May 22nd Primary Election. Today, members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Conway and Grimes, met in the State Capitol to coordinate efforts to protect the integrity of the election. Because there are federal races on the ballot, General Conway and Secretary Grimes are proud to have the United States Attorney’s offices in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as members of the task force.

By law, the Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations. There are also programs through the Attorney General’s office to observe elections, operate a toll-free hotline to receive allegations of election law violations, and conduct post-election audits of randomly selected counties.

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 General 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.”

Secretary Grimes noted, “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.”

The number for the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline is 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). The Hotline is open throughout the year during normal business hours and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST) on Election Day. On the day of the 2011 Primary, the Hotline received six calls; there were 22 calls from 16 counties during the 2011 General Election. During the last Presidential Primary Election, in 2008, the Hotline fielded 59 calls from 29 counties.

Leading up to the election, citizens may also 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 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.