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Vote Buying Complaints Investigated

Officials say the election fraud hotline was ringing off the hook on Election Day, with allegaions of vote-buying among the calls. At least 11 calls to the voter fraud hotline involved alleged vote buying. Most were about procedural questions, voting machine problems and electioneering too close to the polls. Shelley Johnson with the attorney general’s office says the Office of Special Prosecutions will process and review every complaint. “And when necessary they’ll refer that complaint for investigation to the appropriate agency. That would include Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Board of Elections, U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI, as well as local police and prosecutors,” she said. Johnson says the voter fraud hotline operates year-round, not just on Election Day, so if you’re still concerned about something you witnessed Tuesday, call 1-800-328-VOTE.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.