FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kentucky’s Secretary of State offered a strong rebuttal of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. Tuesday, Secretary Grimes took part in a meeting with The Commonwealth’s Election Integrity Task Force. That meeting was planned long before Donald Trump spoke of his fear that the upcoming elections would be “rigged”.
Leaders across the country and on both sides of the aisle have denounced Trump’s statements in recent days. In this case, that state leader is a big backer and personal friend of Hillary Clinton. Alison Lundergan Grimes claimed that her relationship is put on a shelf come election day.
“I take my hat off of partisanship as Secretary of State,” Grimes said. “And, no matter who is on the ballots, the effort and goal of all the individuals I mentioned from our State Board of Elections to our county clerks to secretaries of state national, our goal is to make sure that the will of the people is recognized.”
At the table for the task force meeting was the Attorney General and his staff and members of the U-S attorney’s office and FBI. They discussed their preparations for the November 8th General Election which will include having investigators ready to respond to complaints.
Secretary Grimes eluded to Trump’s comments several times and rebutted the questions raised in the Republican Nominee’s message.
“Comments to the effects that this election is rigged are wholly unfounded, inappropriate and have no basis in an election,” Grimes said.
Grimes admitted there has been fraud by a “few bad actors” in past Kentucky elections but, to her knowledge, no election had been impacted and “bad actors” are punished if caught.
In a time when hacked emails and concerns over election computers are a hot topic, she looked to reassure Commonwealth voters on the technology her office has in place.
“The systems that are in place here in The Commonwealth of Kentucky, from our registration system to our actual election day voting machines, many of which are in use right now because absentee voting is underway across The Commonwealth, they are not connected to the internet and it would take a Herculean effort on the ground for any sort of magnitude by which would affect an entire election to occur,” Grimes said.