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Ky. Election Integrity Task Force Meets; Grimes Calls Rigged Election Claims 'Scare Tactics'

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Ahead of next month’s election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday convened a meeting of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force.

The panel, created by Grimes, includes members from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Kentucky State Police and state Attorney General’s Office. The task force meets before and after every primary and general election to try to clamp down on any efforts to improperly influence voting.

The meeting comes as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has raised alarm about voter fraud and a possible rigged election. Grimes has called such claims “fanatical scare tactics” that discount the bipartisan work of 120 county clerks and thousands of precinct workers in Kentucky.

"Our task force and our election officials are vigilant when it comes to defending the right to vote and ensuring our election process is free of fraud and abuse," Grimes said, in a news release. "I'm proud of the work of the task force, which we have convened before every statewide election since 2012. Our ongoing efforts will continue to improve Kentucky’s election laws to safeguard our elections. I call upon voters and poll workers around Kentucky to be alert and report unusual election activity to election and law enforcement officials."

Election information for Kentucky voters can be found at govoteky.com. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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