The May Primary Election is less than three weeks away, and Kentucky leaders have a message for people who could commit voter fraud.
We are watching you!
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Secretary of State Trey Grayson may be on opposite sides of the political aisle, but both are coming together to help stop voter fraud in Kentucky.
Both say they have measures in place to help.
The election is upon us and Voter Fraud is a term we've all heard before. Conway says In May of 2008, around 100 complaints were called in about vote fraud. In November of 2008, more than 350 calls were made. And the calls have already started.
“We've already received 42 complains regarding the 2010 primary,” Conway says. “They run the gambit of residency questions, complaints in the federal senate race.”
Grayson says Kentucky sees more tendency of voter fraud because some elections will be decided in the May Primary.
“Kentucky's election system is considered a national model in almost all respects in the area of administration, Grayson says. “But one area where we historically we've lagged behind is in the area of voter fraud.”
Grayson says in recent years, the state has convicted dozens across the state who are involved in voter fraud.
“We hope this sends a message to those who want to illegally disrupt the election process.,” Grayson says. “We are united to stop you and these activities to will not be tolerated.”
Conway says law enforcement will be at polling places to be on the lookout in the event someone tries to commit voter fraud.
“Agents within our department of criminal investigations, we work with the state police,” Conway says. “So there's state law enforcement officials on the ground on election day and how we allocate those resources on election is in some measure on what we've seen in the patterns in the past.”
The Eastern District Election Manager says members of the community can stop voter fraud from happening.
“When you see this going on, believe it's going on, give us a call,” Ken Taylor says. “You may be wrong, it may be smoke and we can't prove anything. But we're going to look at it and we're going to take it very seriously.”
Voters head to the polls on May 18th.
A hotline is set up for you to call if you suspect voter fraud in your area.
That number is 1-800-328-VOTE.