Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Visits Western Kentucky Precincts on Primary Election Day, Announces Final Number of Calls to Election Fraud Hotline

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo spent Election Day visiting precincts throughout western Kentucky observing the conduct of the general election.  He was accompanied by an agent of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI).

KBI agents carried out aggressive statewide election monitoring, with two agents assigned to each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts.  Agents were available to provide an immediate response to any allegations of voting irregularities.

The Office of the Attorney General enforces Kentucky election laws in cooperation with the US Attorneys Offices, the Kentucky State Police, the FBI, the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s Office.

Between 6a.m. EST and 7p.m. EST, the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline received a total of 184 calls. In days leading up to the primary, the Hotline received 194 calls. Of the 378 phone calls received, 57 required referral to the KBI for possible investigation.  Twenty-one of the remaining calls required referral to state and local election officials, state police and a Commonwealths Attorney for review.

“I have invited state and federal law enforcement officials to a post-election meeting to facilitate an efficient and cooperative investigation into allegations of election fraud,” said Stumbo. “Within twenty days my office will also be conducting a public proceeding during which 5% of Kentucky’s counties will be selected for a post election audit review as required by state law.”

Breakdown of calls to attorney general’s election fraud hotline on primary election day:

Election Complaint Primary Pre-Primary
Vote Buying/Selling (Bribery) 52 66
General Election Fraud/Mutiple/Other 32 30
Voting Machine 30 0
Election Official 18 5
Electioneering within 300' of Polls 16 10
Procedural Question 15 5
Legal Question 6 28
Special or Absentee Ballot 5 32
Voter Assistance 4 5
Person Voting More than Once 0 2
Residency 2 4
Request for Assistance/Monitoring 1 5
Alcohol Given for Votes 0 1
Dead People Voting 1 1
Disrupting Polls 1 0
Voter Identification 1 0
 
Subtotals 184 194
TOTAL: 378