4:17pm

Tue May 17, 2011
All Politics are Local

Only Two Calls to Vote Fraud Hotline

As of 3 p.m. EDT, two calls have been received by the Kentucky attorney general’s election fraud hotline since the polls opened Tuesday morning.  One call came from Fayette County and the other from Henry County.  Both calls were characterized as general complaints and did not involve allegations of vote-buying.

With a dismal turnout expected in today’s primary, the Kentucky attorney general’s office is reporting no calls to the state’s election fraud hotline.

As of noon, the tip line had received no allegations of wrongdoing at any of the state’s polling locations. The phone service had been busy in recent years, but this year’s primary is predicted to see only a nine percent turnout.

“It has been a slow day for the attorney general’s election fraud hotline,” says Attorney General’s spokesperson Shelley Johnson.

During last year’s primary, the hotline received a total of 116 calls from 43 counties while polls were open and voters are still encouraged to contact the hotline if they witness any instances of irregularities or electioneering.

“We’ve had some very big elections in the last few years and that’s resulted in certainly more calls to our election fraud hotline,” says Johnson. “The light voter turnout today, fewer candidates on the ballot and virtually no local candidates those are also big factors as well.”

The tip line did receive three calls the day before the primary, but those involved procedural and absentee ballot questions. The fraud hotline is 1-800-328-8683, and will be staffed until polls close at 7 p.m. EDT.