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Secretary Grimes Reports State Board Received 135 Election Inquiries

Wednesday, 11 07, 2012

Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as Chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, closely monitored compliance with the Commonwealth’s election laws throughout voting in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

“Thanks to the vigilance of Kentucky voters and hard work of local election officials and the more than 15,000 precinct election officers across the Commonwealth, there were no disruptions in voting yesterday,” reports Grimes.

The State Board fielded 135 inquiries from 47 counties regarding the election, including procedural issues, electioneering complaints, and questions regarding possible vote fraud and vote buying:

Calls           County                Reason
1                  Adair/Casey       Vote Buying
2                  Bell                      1 Voting Machine; 1 Procedural
32                Jefferson            19 Procedural; 1 Vote Fraud; 6 Electioneering; 2 Other; 3 Voting Machine; 1 Election Official
1                  Knox                     Vote Buying
3                  Meade                 1 Other; 1 Vote Buying; 1 Procedural
1                  Oldham               Other
3                  Clinton                 2 Other; 1 Electioneering
11                Kenton                1 Other; 2 Electioneering; 7 Procedural; 1 Voting Machine
3                  Bullitt                    2 Other; 1 Procedural;
1                  Casey                  Electioneering
5                  Franklin               2 Voting Machine; 2 Procedural; 1 Other
6                  Hardin                 5 Procedural; 1 Other
3                  Unspecified        2 Procedural; 1 Voting Machine
3                  Pike                      1 Procedural; 1 Electioneering; 1 Voting Machine
1                  Christian              Procedural
3                  Fayette                 2 Other; 1 Voting Machine
1                  Grayson               Voting Machine
1                  Cumberland        Voting Machine
4                  Boone                   3 Procedural; 1 Other
4                  Madison               3 Procedural; 1 Other
5                  Campbel             2 Procedural; 2 Electioneering; 1 Other
4                 Jessamine          3 Procedural; 1 Other
1                 Letcher                 Procedural
1                 Rowan                 Other
1                 McCracken          Procedural
1                 Bourbon               Other
1                 Clark                     Procedural
2                 Woodford            1 Voting Machine; 1 Procedural
1                 Grant                    Procedural
1                 Whitley                 Procedural
1                 Boyle                    Procedural
5                 Pulaski                5 Procedural
2                 Powell                 1 Procedural; 1 Voting Machine
1                 Robertson           Procedural
2                 Garrard               1 Procedural; 1 Other
1                 Carroll                 Voting Machine
1                 Wayne                 Other
1                 Adair                    Other
3                 Scott                    2 Other; 1 Procedural
1                 Laurel                  Procedural
1                 Warren                Other
2                 Owen 2               Procedural
1                 Logan                 Procedural
1                 Floyd                   Electioneering
1                 Lincoln               Procedural
1                Johnson              Procedural
2                Spencer              1 Procedural; 1 Other
1                Boyd                    Other
 
The State Board addressed directly with local election officials many of the inquiries it received, including procedural questions. Allegations of criminal misconduct were referred 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.
 
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