Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Jack Conway Announces Election Fraud Hotline Results
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 271 calls from 50 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST) during the General Election on Tuesday, November 4. This is the most calls ever received on Election Day. The previous record was 182 calls during the General Election in 2006.
The majority of calls on Tuesday came from county officials or voters with procedural questions. The most common complaints concerned election officials, electronic voting machines and electioneering within 300 feet of a polling place. There were four complaints of vote-buying. None of those complaints was substantiated.
The hotline received 60 calls on Election Day during the primary.
“The increase in calls to our hotline reflects the turnout and interest in the national and state races that were on the ballot in Kentucky,” General Conway said. “I appreciate voters and concerned citizens who, even with a near record voter turnout in the Commonwealth, took time to be our eyes and ears in the polling places.”
Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General conducted on-site surveys of polling places in each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts. Agents were able to provide immediate response to any allegations of voting irregularities. Staff did not observe any election violations in the counties they surveyed.
Election Fraud Hotline Calls
125 procedural questions
46 voting machine complaints
33 electioneering complaints
29 election official complaints
17 miscellaneous calls
9 legal questions
8 residency issues
6 voter identification complaints
4 vote buying/selling allegations
4 absentee ballot complaints
4 reports of person voting more than once
3 voter assistance questions
3 media calls
1 disruption at the polls complaint
The number of complaints totals 292; the number of calls totals 271 – some calls contained multiple complaints.
The Office of the Attorney General, Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Board of Elections, the Kentucky Secretary of State and the U.S. Attorneys from the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky are reviewing each complaint and will investigate any that prove to be criminal in nature.
The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.