Kentucky has been gripped by a wave of voter fraud allegations since last November, and the state’s top election official on Friday issued an advisory saying people should not attempt to vote in the state for the governor of the future.
State officials have also issued a warning that people are being asked to remove themselves from the state if they are registered to vote there, and some people are saying they will be arrested and charged with felonies if they attempt to cast a ballot for any reason.
But while many state officials have acknowledged that there are some concerns, they have so far remained tight-lipped about whether or not the election fraud allegations are real, or whether or how they will affect the outcome.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and his top election officials have been pushing back against criticism of the state government, including claims that the state is not transparent enough to hold an election and that some people have been asked to take steps to prevent them from voting.
On Friday, Bevin’s office issued an op-ed in The Courier-Journal urging voters to keep their eyes open and not to be swayed by false rumors.
He said the state election boards are fully transparent, and they are looking at all the information and making sure we can get all of the votes counted, Bevan said.
Bevin also addressed the state Senate last week, saying he had a “full faith and credit” that the Senate would approve his proposal to fix the state Board of Elections, which oversees elections in the commonwealth.
Kentuckians are entitled to their votes, Beven said, adding that the election boards do not have “absolute power” to set the date and time of an election, and he said the boards are “responsible” for conducting elections.
He also said he did not believe the election board was corrupt, adding, “I do not think they are.”
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a statement Friday that Kentucky does have some election-related problems that are still under investigation.
In a letter to members of the Senate, she said the election system is broken and that there have been problems since the election of Governor Matt Beshear.
She said there is evidence that people may be trying to vote fraudulently.
The state is committed to protecting voters and making elections fair, she added.
But if you have concerns, we want you to speak to a board member or an election official who can help you.
She said the Kentucky Board of Election has already worked closely with the state Attorney General’s office, and she expects that to continue to be the case.
The board has also worked closely over the last few weeks with the Kentucky Department of Public Safety and the FBI, which have all been working with state and local law enforcement agencies, Grimes said.
Kentucks election board has been working closely with our law enforcement partners in the past weeks.
We will continue to work with the Board to ensure a fair election, she wrote.
While Bevin has urged people to keep an eye on the elections, Grimes and other officials have insisted that elections officials are not necessarily responsible for whether they will succeed in voting in a certain location, and if that person is not registered to the state.
Grimes said the board will continue working with the Attorney General and other state agencies on the election, but added that she has no confidence in election officials who have said that they have no evidence of fraud.
Grades also emphasized that while Kentucky is committed, she has confidence in the voting machines and the voting process.
She wrote that she will continue talking to election officials to ensure that election integrity is not compromised.