Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Ensures 2015 Election is Free and Fair
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is again
joining forces with law enforcement agencies to prevent corruption in the Nov.
3 election, today convening the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force to mount
a multi-agency defense against election law violations in the Nov. 3 election.
“Safeguarding the right to vote and ensuring the
reliability of our elections is a priority for me,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s
chief election official. “I’m proud of the unprecedented level of coordination
we have fostered in order to ensure our elections are free and fair.”
The Task Force, headed by Grimes and Attorney
General Jack Conway, includes representatives from the Kentucky State Police,
Attorney General’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States
Grimes and Conway stressed that vote fraud will not
be tolerated and called on voters to help prevent and detect misconduct.
“Voters and poll workers are on the front lines, and
they are valuable players in our election integrity team,” said Grimes. “I
encourage anyone who notices unusual activity in the conduct of the election to
report it to an election or law enforcement official.”
“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
The Office of the Attorney General, which has
jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations, operates a
toll-free Election Fraud Hotline, 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). 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 ask questions.
In addition to leading a robust task force, Grimes
has bolstered election integrity through news laws that keep domestic violence
and sexual assault victims’ voter records confidential, prohibit the disclosure
of absentee voters’ identities until after the election, and establish an
electioneering-free zone around polling places.
Grimes Expands Efforts to Protect Election Integrity. [WOMI, 10/24/2012]
launches confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence. [Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/25/2014]
issued prohibiting electioneering. [The Ledger