"The Secretary of State hasn't proven herself to be vigilant with such issues," Lucas said.
Democratic leaders acknowledged the Republican Party has urged voters to call GOP headquarters about voter fraud before. But Puccio said the latest email -- sent out Sunday afternoon -- was particularly offensive to voters.
"A couple of years ago, the Republican Party's leaders referred to West Virginians as 'hicks,' and today the party hasn't changed a bit saying that all Democrats are corrupt," Puccio said. "Many of these folks making these statements are wealthy, out-of-staters, and it's sad to think they see us that way."
Lucas said the Republican Party would have 45 to 50 volunteer lawyers on call across the state to respond to voter complaints.
"Anyone -- Republicans and Democrats -- who feels as if the integrity of the election is at risk is encouraged to call," Lucas said. "We're interested in providing a fair election for all West Virginians."
Conrad's recent email -- subtitled "Legal Operations for Election Day" -- gives the phone number of Republican Party headquarters in Charleston.
"As all of you know, the Democrats have a long and sordid track record of illegal activity on Election Day," Lucas wrote in the email. "Therefore, we have a team of lawyers stationed all across West Virginia ready to intervene on behalf of the Party to protect our candidates' and citizens' rights on to a fair and open election process."
Lucas also said the Republican Party would have lawyers standing by at GOP headquarters to field calls from voters about election violations.
"You are our eyes and ears across the state on Election Day. It is only with your vigilance and assistance that we will be able to stop any activity aimed at illegally affecting the outcome of the voting process," Lucas said in the email. "Too many of you have worked too hard for far too long to allow a group to try to steal our victories from us."
Puccio said the email "shows the mentality" of GOP leaders. "I'm not going to say because you're a registered Republican you're corrupt," he said.
Lucas responded that the email about election fraud wasn't directed at all West Virginia Democrats.
"We don't blame the rank-and-file Democrats," he said, "just the few bad apples in Democratic leadership."
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.