Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Ensures 2015 Election is Free and Fair

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 20, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov
 


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 Attorney’s Office.

 

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 irregularities.”

 

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.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Secretary Grimes Expands Efforts to Protect Election Integrity. [WOMI, 10/24/2012]

 

Grimes launches confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence. [Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/25/2014]

 

Regulation issued prohibiting electioneering. [The Ledger Independent, 5/10/2015]

 

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