Politics & Government

Paul campaign workers protest often during Kentucky election day

Allegations of vote buying, voter intimidation and other procedural problems at the polls came early and often to the Kentucky state's election fraud hot line Tuesday morning.

By 12:45 p.m., the vote fraud hot line had received 41 calls, including complaints of vote buying or selling in nine counties, according to Allison Martin, spokeswoman for Attorney General Jack Conway's office. The Election Fraud Hotline number is 1-800-328-VOTE, or 1-800-328-8683, and will be open until 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Many of the calls involved the contentious campaign for Kentucky's open U.S. Senate seat, which features a Republican primary between Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Tea Party movement favorite Rand Paul.

As secretary of state, Grayson is charged with overseeing the election, so Paul supporters around the state were attempting to scrutinize all aspects of the vote, including voting machines and the tally of absentee ballots.

Katie Gabhart, general counsel for the state Board of Elections, said the Paul campaign has been "very active all over the state."

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