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Secretary Grimes Assesses Complaints to Ensure Election Integrity

Tuesday, 11 06, 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, is closely monitoring compliance with the Commonwealth’s election laws.

“This year, I expanded the Task Force to include representatives from a broader group of election and law enforcement officials,” said Grimes, “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 the November 6, 2012, General Election, the State Board received 14 calls regarding the election, including procedural questions, complaints regarding electioneering, and allegations of vote fraud and vote buying:

Calls       County                    Reason
1              Adair/Casey          Vote Buying
1              Bell                         Voting Machine
3              Jefferson               1 Procedural; 1 Vote Fraud; 1 Other
1              Knox                        Vote Buying
2              Meade                    1 Other; 1 Vote Buying
1              Oldham                  Other
1              Clinton                    Other
1              Kenton                    Other
2              Bullitt                       2 Other
1              Casey                     Electioneering

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,” said Grimes. “I hope all eligible Kentuckians will make their voices heard and exercise the important right and responsibility of voting today.”

You can verify your polling place by visiting the Voter Information Center. You can also receive important election announcements by following @kysecofstate on Twitter and liking Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State on Facebook.

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