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Fraud hotline received dozens of calls on Election Day

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - As of 7:30 p.m., officials at the Attorney General's office said they received 185 calls from across the state. Within WYMT’s coverage area, there were 29 calls reported from 13 different counties.

Allegations of vote buying/selling were reported out of Clay, Floyd, Knox and Wolfe Counties. In Clay County, two calls were received; one concerned vote buying/selling, another concerned electioneering within 300 feet of polls and another was a legal question.

Knox County reportedly had two calls; one concerned an election official and another complaint was for vote buying/selling (bribery). Floyd County received five calls, one concerned an election official, three were concerning questions of procedure and one call concerned vote buying/selling (bribery). Of the one call received from Wolfe County, officials said it was for vote buying/selling (bribery.).

Officials said there was one call from Perry County concerning general election fraud/other and another question on special or absentee ballot.

Two calls reportedly came in from Jackson County, one concerning residency and another was a procedural question. Officials said the same happened in Pike County.

Officials said there was one call each from Leslie and Martin Counties concerning an election official and one procedural question call in Letcher County.

Four calls were reported from Laurel County concerning procedure, along with another call concerning voter identification.

Bell County reportedly had two calls, one concerned an election official and one question of procedure.

Officials said two procedural questions came from Pulaski County.

Allison Martin, a spokesperson for the Attorney General's office, said they had received many procedural questions calls, which was "good news."

"Many of them are procedural in nature and we have only received just a few allegations of vote buying," said Martin.
"Of course we take those allegations very seriously and those will be investigated thoroughly."

She said, compared to other states in the nation, the commonwealth had indicators of a good turnout.

"When you look at the calls as a whole, we are not seeing the types of issues that folks in other parts of the country are seeing when it comes to significant problems in the polling places," said Martin.
"I do think that is good news."

Leading up to the Nov. 6 General Election, officials at the State Board said they received 14 calls regarding the election, including procedural questions, complaints regarding electioneering, and allegations of vote fraud and vote buying. There was one report of a call from Knox County concerning vote buying.

Officials from the Kentucky Attorney General’s office said the Election Fraud Hotline is open throughout the year during normal business hours. During the General Election, it has extended hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST).

Officials said anyone can call the hotline with questions, tips or complaints at 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).

The Election Fraud Hotline received a total of 185 calls while the polls where open today.


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