Ky. Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, speaks out against possibility of election rigging

10/18/2016 03:00 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss how to defend against efforts to illegally influence elections.

The task force created and chaired by Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, convenes before and after every primary and general election, but Tuesday’s meeting was overcast with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s warnings of a rigged election.

Grimes issued a statement Monday night speaking out against Trump’s claims of a rigged election.

“Kentucky elections are preserved by the bipartisan work of 120 county clerks and 15,000 precinct election officials throughout 3,700 precincts,” she said in a statement. “We all share a common determination to deliver free and fair elections every election cycle, no matter who is on the ballot. I strongly denounce this dangerous rhetoric and its implications.”

Grimes statement joins those of top election officials across the country, including Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted who told CNN “this kind of conversation moves America backward, and it should be dismissed.”

Top election officials from Georgia, Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee and Washington have all denounced the idea that the election could be rigged. Additionally in a statement released on Tuesday the National Association of Secretaries of State denounced Trump’s claims.

“The members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) cannot allow unsubstantiated claims calling into question the systemic integrity of the election process to shake voter confidence or disrupt voting in the run-up to Election Day on November 8th,” the group said. “With concerns about ‘rigging’ and ‘hacking’ elections permeating media coverage of the presidential campaigns, state election chiefs want to assure Americans that our process is fairly administered and well-secured, with built-in structural safeguards to ensure honest outcomes and accurate results. “

If Kentucky voters suspect election fraud they can call the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 800-323-8683.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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