10:31am

Tue May 22, 2012
The Commonwealth

Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline Open Today

Frankfort - As voters cast ballots in today's primary election, Kentuckians are reminded they can help combat vote fraud by utilizing the attorney general's Election Fraud Hotline. Kentuckians who witness election irregularities or possible election law violations are encouraged to call the Election Fraud Hotline at 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).

"Our Election Fraud Hotline is an important tool to ensure honest and fair elections for all Kentuckians," Attorney General Jack Conway said in a statement released by his office. "I want to encourage voters to be our eyes and ears in the polling places and report any election irregularities to our hotline."

The Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline is open throughout the year during normal business hours and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EDT) on Election Day. The hotline received six calls on the day of the 2011 Primary and 22 calls from 16 counties during last year's General Election. The Presidential Primary Election of 2008 resulted in 59 calls from 29 counties to the hotline.

Investigators from the attorney general's Office will also be patrolling precincts and polling places across the commonwealth during today's Primary Election.

By law, the office of the attorney general has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations. The office is also required by statute to conduct post-election audits in six randomly drawn counties within 30 days of the election.