Grimes, Homeland Security prepare for threats against local elections

04/19/2018 04:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Local election officials met in one of the first in the nation statewide trainings on cybersecurity and threats to elections.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, convened a meeting of Kentucky’s Election Integrity Task Force on Thursday before the announcement, in an effort to protect elections bringing in stakeholders from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the state Board of Elections.

After the meeting Grimes spoke to reporters, announcing the partnership with the Dept. of Homeland Security. Grimes said that it’s important to secure the ballot box, and to reassure Kentuckians.

Grimes said it’s proven that Russia tried to interfere with elections in America in 2016, but said that the nation did not seek to infiltrate Kentucky’s voting machines. The Democratic Secretary of State said that there have been attempts by others to hack the system.

As Kentuckians go to the polls on May 22, Ken Taylor with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Kentucky said that they will use federal statutes to prosecute election fraud in the state.

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