In a dramatic complication to Hillary Clinton’s narrow win in Tuesday’s Kentucky Primary, election fraud has been reported across 31 of the state’s counties. The reports came in the form of at least 76 calls to the election issue hotline of the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General, Andy Beshear.
According to Kentucky news station WSAZ,
‘Complaints included procedural and legal questions, voter assistance, [issues with] voting machines, voter identification, residency, election officials, electioneering, poll disruption and vote buying.’
The following counties in the Frankfort region were among those with reported issues, also according to WSAZ news.
- Boyd County: Voting machine
- Floyd County: (two calls) Special or absentee ballot and one electioneering within 100 feet of polls
- Johnson County: Procedural question
- Pike County: Election official
- Rowan County: (two calls) Election official and procedural question
Frankfort is in the middle of a heavily mixed region in terms of which candidate won each county, in the North in between Lexington and Louisville. Clinton, as before, tended to do better in more suburban areas, while Sanders won more of the rural areas, including Eastern Kentucky coal country. Below you can see the map of Tuesday night’s results, via screenshot from the New York Times.
This fraud, depending on the scope, could have the potential to alter the outcome of the election. Clinton, as of late Tuesday night, was only 1,813 votes, or 0.4%, ahead of her insurgent challenger Bernie Sanders. 99% of precincts were reporting, and the Associated Press refused to call the race. NBC and MSNBC were the only major mainstream news outlets to do so. The leader position alternated back and forth among Clinton and Sanders for most of the night, with Clinton initially claiming a huge lead, while Sanders never passed a 10 percent lead.
The closeness of this year’s Democratic race has thrown open some of the longstanding components of American elections that lead to issues such as the ones in Kentucky today. Allegations of election fraud have come out of the Arizona and New York primaries, for example.
In the former, hundreds of thousands of voters were unable to vote due to an obscenely low number of polling places, a state of affairs for which both Democratic campaigns and the Party itself sued Arizona officials. In New York, hundreds of thousands of voters were inaccurately not on the voting rolls on election day, which led to the firing of an election official.
As the race nears its close, Sanders supporters have proved increasingly resolute to resolve as many of the electoral issues as possible, hoping to put some procedural momentum behind Sanders’s attempt at clinching the nomination from Clinton, who remains the front runner.