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State officials call for a clean election« Thread Started on May 9, 2006, 4:21pm » --------------------------------------------------------------------------------State officials call for a clean electionBY LINDSAY LANCASTER STAFF WRITERread source: ... n.txtState officials are calling on Eastern Kentuckians to help them prevent vote fraud.“We are working to rid Kentucky of election fraud and have taken a number steps to do so. We now turn to citizens and ask them to report anything that they may find unusual concerning the election,” said Secretary of State Trey Grayson during a visit to Pikeville yesterday.Grayson met with Attorney General Greg Stumbo and Ken Taylor, chief election fraud prosecutor for U.S. Attorney Amul Thapar, to discuss vote fraud prevention efforts and monitoring during the May 16, 2006 primary election.The three stressed that vote fraud will not be tolerated in the May 16 election, which has the highest number of candidates on the ballot in Kentucky's history. They say they are determined to do away with the association of voter fraud and Kentucky. Officials from each agency have met to compare notes and prepare for the election, Grayson said. The three offices are working together to make sure 2006 is the cleanest year in Kentucky's history, and they are doing their best to follow the National Voter Registration Act, he added.“We're working to try to clean up our list,” Grayson said, referring to removing voters from the voting list who are registered in more than one state.The last two election cycles have been the cleanest ever, and the officials will be in the field monitoring the elections, Stumbo said.By law, the Office of the Attorney General administers programs to monitor election conduct and randomly selects a number of Kentucky counties to hold post-election audits. The office investigates violations and provides appropriate enforcement action. The Attorney General's Office also sustains a toll-free hotline for reporting election law violations.“Our most important job is ensuring the integrity of elections and holding accountable those who engage in the crime of vote fraud. On election day, we will have a strong presence across Kentucky,” Stumbo said. Taylor said he hopes that this year will echo the clean elections in the past two election cycles.In the past, there have been $10 bills being handed out on election day, and whoever reported it didn't sound surprised, but sounded used to it, Taylor said.“We have to change that mindset because that cancels the honest citizen's well-thought-out vote,” Taylor said. “The bedrock foundation of democracy is the concept of ‘one person, one vote,' a concept which requires each voter to make his own informed voting decision. Any type of vote fraud - whether it be as simple as handing out $10 bills in the parking lot, or as sophisticated as hiding vote buying behind vote hauling checks-perverts democracy and dilutes the votes of honest citizens. Whenever and wherever this office has jurisdiction, we pledge to pursue election fraud in whatever form it arises,” Taylor said.If voting fraud is suspected, Stumbo said to call the Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).The hotline is open for normal business hours during the year and on election day the hotline will be operating from 6 a.m. EDT until 7 p.m. EDT.Citizens seeking general election information can also contact Lillian Pearl Elliott, the Pike County Clerk, or the State Board of Election up until election day.
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