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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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