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Kentuckians Warned To Be On Guard Against Election Scams

Posted at 1:33 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 13:33:49-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The commonwealth’s top law enforcement official is warning Kentuckians to be on guard for scams related to the upcoming midterm elections.

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office said Wednesday that voters should be wary of calls asking for personal information or offering help registering to vote or casting absentee ballots.

“Kentuckians cannot register to vote over the phone,” Beshear said in a statement. “If someone calls you and asks for your personal information to supposedly help you register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot – hang up – it is likely a scam.”

He said the National Association of State Election Directors issued a warning after voters in Mississippi alerted officials to calls posing as workers from TurboVote, a actual voter registration service. Beshear says the callers requested personal information, including Social Security and driver’s license numbers.

The deadline to vote in the Nov. 6 election was Oct. 9.

People can report abuse or scams to the AG’s office at 800-328-8683. The hotline is open during regular business hours and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.