Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway's Election Fraud Hotline Receives 183 Calls on Election Day

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 07, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 183 calls from nearly 60 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST) during yesterday's General Election. Four calls involved allegations of vote buying/selling. Prior to the General Election, the hotline received 46 calls, 11 of which were allegations of vote buying/selling.

"The Election Fraud Hotline is an important tool for voters to help protect the integrity of Kentucky's elections," General Conway said. "My office will thoroughly review each complaint for possible criminal violations. If an investigation is deemed necessary, the complaint will be referred to the appropriate agency."

Election Fraud Hotline Calls by Issue for 2012 General Election

  • 87 Procedural Questions
  • 35 Voting Machines
  • 23 Legal Questions
  • 22 Election Officials
  • 15 Voter Identification
  • 15 Vote Buying/Selling (Adair, Boyd, Clay-2, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Knott-2, Knox-2, Madison, Meade, Wolfe-2)
  • 10 Electioneering within 300' of polls
  • 7 Residency
  • 7 General Election Fraud/Other
  • 7 Special or Absentee Ballot
  • 2 Voter Assistance
  • 2 Campaign Finance
  • 1 Campaign Violation

Top Election Fraud Hotline Calls by County

  • Jefferson—70 (32 Procedural Questions, 17 Voting Machine, 5 Election Official, 6 Electioneering within 300' of Polls, 2 General Election Fraud/Other, 2 Voter Identification, 2 Residency, 2 Legal Questions, 2 Special or Absentee Ballot)
  • Fayette—17 (2 Election Official, 7 Procedural Questions, 1 Residency, 1 Voting Machine, 3 Voter Identification, 2 General Election Fraud/Other, 1 Legal Question)
  • Jessamine—8 (4 Procedural Questions, 2 Voting Machines, 1 Election Official, 1 Legal Question)
  • Madison—7 (3 Procedural Questions, 2 Voting Machines, 1 Legal Question, 1 Vote Buying/Selling)

During the last presidential election in 2008, the Election Fraud Hotline received a total of 450 calls.

The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.

In addition to the hotline, investigators from General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations patrolled precincts and polling places across the Commonwealth yesterday to respond immediately to complaints. The Attorney General's Office, which has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations, is also a member of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force.

Post-Election Audit

As required by statute, the Office of the Attorney General will select six counties in a random drawing and a post-election audit will be conducted in those counties. Each county will undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the November 6, 2012 General Election.

Pursuant to KRS 15.243 (3),(a), the Kentucky Attorney General is required to conduct a post-election audit investigation in no fewer than five percent of Kentucky's counties following each primary and general election. The counties are selected in a public drawing that must be done within 20 days of the election.