State Receives Complaints about Polling Problems

Nov 6, 2012

Frankfort - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, said she and her staff are closely monitoring compliance today with the state's election laws.

“This year, I expanded the Task Force to include representatives from a broader group of election and law enforcement officials,” Grimes said in a statement, “but voters are the first step in ensuring our elections remain free and fair. I encourage anyone who witnesses questionable election-related activity to contact the State Board at 800-246-1399.”

Leading up to today's election, the State Board received 14 calls regarding the election, including procedural questions, complaints regarding electioneering, and allegations of vote fraud and vote buying, according to a news release from Grimes' office.

There were allegations of vote buying from Adair, Knox, Casey and Meade counties. A voting machine complaint was received from Bell County. A vote fraud complaint was received from Jefferson County as well as an electioneering call from Casey County. Other unspecified calls came from Jefferson, Oldham, Clinton, Kenton and Bullitt counties, the news release said.

The State Board directly addresses with local election officials many of the complaints it receives, including procedural inquiries. Allegations of criminal misconduct are forwarded to the United States attorney and/or Kentucky attorney general for potential investigation. Neither the State Board nor the attorney general provides details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.

Polls will be open until 6 p.m. local time today.