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(Final Update) Beshear: 155 Calls to Election Fraud Hotline as of Midday

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An empty polling station at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

Final Update:

The state Election Fraud Hotline received 216 calls from 59 counties on Election Day. Attorney General Andy Beshear says most of the calls include procedural and legal questions, identification, electioneering and poll disruption.

In our listening area, Crittenden County had a call involving an election official, McCracken, Muhlenberg and Trigg Counties involved procedural questions.

Jefferson County had the highest volume of calls with 65, most of which involved the voting machine.

In the 2012 General Election, the hotline received 183 calls from nearly 60 counties.

Update:

The Kentucky Election Fraud hotline has received 155 calls from 46 counties as of 2:30 central time. Attorney General Andy Beshear says calls from 46 counties include  procedural and legal questions, voter assistance, voting machine, voter identification, election officials, electioneering, residency, poll disruption and general election fraud.

In our listening region, a Crittenden County call was an election official and calls in McCracken and Trigg Counties involved a procedural question.

In total, there have been 11 calls involving possible fraud.

The highest fall volume was in Jefferson County - most of those regarding the voting machine or procedural questions. The final update is at 6:30 central time.

Kentuckians witnessing election irregularities can call the hotline at 800-327-VOTE (8683).  

Original Story:  

In the first five hours polls were open this morning, 64 calls were made to the state Election Fraud Hotline.  

Attorney General Andy Beshear says callers from 26 counties inquired about legal and procedural questions, voter assistance, identification, electioneering and poll disruption.   

The highest volume of calls come from Jefferson County where 23 people reported voting machine, procedural and electioneering issues.  

The only call so far from a western Kentucky precinct came from McCracken County with a procedural question.

The breakdown of complaints is as follows: 

  • Anderson County: Procedural question
  • Barren County: Election official
  • Bath County: Disrupting polls
  • Boone County: (2 calls) Procedural question; voter identification
  • Breathitt County: Procedural question
  • Bullitt County: (2 calls) Voter identification; voting machine
  • Campbell County: (2 calls) Election official; procedural question
  • Carroll County: Voting machine
  • Elliott County: Procedural question
  • Fayette County: (3 calls) Two calls voting machine; one voter identification
  • Floyd County: Electioneering within 100 feet of polls
  • Franklin County: Election official
  • Greenup County: Residency
  • Jefferson County: (23 calls) Ten voting machine; six procedural questions; three electioneering within 100 feet of polls; two voter identification; one residency; one special or absentee ballot
  • Jessamine County: (3 calls) Electioneering within 100 feet of polls; procedural question; voting machine
  • Kenton County: (2 calls) Electioneering within 100 feet of polls; legal question
  • LaRue County: Voter identification
  • Madison County: (4 calls) Two procedural questions; one special or absentee ballot; one voting machine
  • Magoffin County: Procedural question
  • McCracken County: Procedural question
  • Metcalfe County: Voter identification
  • Oldham County: (2 calls) Electioneering within 100 feet of polls; special or absentee ballot
  • Pike County: (4 calls) Two procedural questions; one election official; one voting machine
  • Powell County: Procedural question
  • Rowan County: (2 calls) Procedural questions
  • Scott County: Voter assistance 

Beshear says further updates on the Hotline will be provided later today.  
So far the number of calls is on par with the 2012 general election, when 60 complaints were reported before 11 AM.  Kentuckians witnessing election irregularities can call the hotline at 800-327-VOTE (8683).  

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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