Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Election Fraud Hotline Results

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 235 complaints from voters between 6a.m. and 7p.m. on Election Day.  The most common complaint concerned electronic voting machine irregularities. Fifty-five voters across Kentucky expressed a variety of concerns about the new voting machines ranging from fears that votes had not been counted to allegations that votes were being switched to opposing candidates.

“Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) agents worked closely with county clerks and voting machine technicians to maintain voter confidence in the new system,” Attorney General Stumbo stated. “The public has the right to demand assurances that their vote counts.”

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

Attorney General Stumbo spent Election Day visiting precincts throughout Bowling Green in Warren County, observing the conduct of the general election. He was accompanied by Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Commissioner, David James.

“I am particularly concerned by reports of lengthy delays at some precincts across the state, which points out the need for better voter education in the use of the new machines,” Stumbo observed.

Attorney General Stumbo also noted that many types of election fraud appear to be in sharp decline, based upon complaints his Election Fraud Hotline received. “Allegations of multiple voting, improper voting assistance and absentee ballot fraud were all in the single digits on Election Day. This is great news for Kentucky. Now we need to increase voters comfort with the new voting machines and ensure that vote tallies are quickly and accurately made public,” Stumbo said.

Other calls to the Election Fraud Hotline included 104 calls with procedural or legal questions, 19 complaints regarding election officials, 23 complaints about electioneering within 300’ of the polls and 17 about vote buying or selling. KBI agents are reviewing each complaint and will investigate any that prove to be criminal in nature.

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