United States Congress requests election information from Kentucky

02/08/2017 12:03 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Attorney General Andy Beshear received a request from members of the United States Congress for information regarding confirmed incidents of voter fraud in federal elections on November 8, 2016.

The letter, was sent on January 25, 2017, and signed by U.S. Rep Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, U.S. Rep Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, and James Clyburn, D-South Carolina. The three U.S. Representatives cited claims of voter fraud for their inquiry.

“We are writing given recent claims of voter fraud and its potential impact on our nation’s elections,” the letter said. “To investigate these claims, we are seeking information regarding confirmed incidents of voter fraud.”

The request asked for five specific pieces of information in regards to each case of confirmed voter fraud.

  1. The identity of the individual who cast the prohibited vote;
  2. The date on which the prohibited vote took place;
  3. The polling place where the prohibited voted occurred;
  4. The specific legal reason the individual’s vote was prohibited; and
  5. The result of the individual’s prosecution, if any.

Grimes sent her response on Tuesday, telling the Congressmen that to her knowledge no such information exists. She went on to explain in detail the findings of the Election Integrity Task Force (ETIF) that convened on November 22, 2016.

  1. Kentucky State Board of Elections: received 102 calls from 41 counties on procedural and legal questions, voter assistance, voter registration and electioneering.
  2. Kentucky Attorney General’s Office: received 277 calls from 66 counties on procedural and legal questions, voter assistance, election officials, electioneering and residency inquiries. Before Election Day, the office received 48 complaints, and it received 13 additional complaints post-Election Day.
  3. United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern and Western Districts received 0 calls.
  4. Federal Bureau of Investigation: received 0 calls.

Grimes continued in her response saying there were no reported cases in which an individual who was barred from voting cast a ballot in the November 2016 election, and that no county reported any such cases.

“No county has reported to me that an individual who was legally prohibited from doing so cast a vote,” Grimes said in her response. “I also note that at the polls, pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes 117.227, ‘[e]lection officers shall confirm the identity of each voter by personal acquaintance or by a document, such as a motor vehicle operator’s license, a Social Security card, or credit card.’”

While President Donald Trump was not mentioned in either letter, he has asserted that millions voted illegally in the presidential election. Trump reportedly was set to sign an executive order to launch an investigation into voter fraud on Thursday, January 25. White House press secretary Sean Spicer later telling White House press that the President “got jammed up in some meetings that needed to occur.”

On Sunday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN’s Jake Tapper that federal dollars should not be spent on an investigation.

“There’s no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number, that would have changed the presidential election,” McConnell said. “And I don’t think we should spend any federal money investigating that.”

Video courtesy: CNN

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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