Vote fraud claims alleged, then debunked

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Two Lexington women who worked on Matt Bevin’s re-election campaign are raising questions about possible polling irregularities and manipulation of the election night numbers in last week’s general election.

During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, Erika Calihan and Kris Stuebs, who founded Citizens for Election Integrity this week, alleged several instances of wrongdoing:

–Affidavits from a Jefferson County family who discovered that the signature of their son, Jacob Burd, has been forged at the polling place while he was away at college.

–Tabulated results from counties that showed the total number of votes counted for the Governor‘s race was greater than the total number of ballots cast, and a dramatically different voting pattern in the governor‘s race between votes cast on absentee ballots and votes cast at the polls.

–Video evidence of electronic booth manipulation in the governor‘s race, as broadcast on CNN on election night, and other information about the security of Kentucky’s vote count which has statewide and national implications.

Calihan said the evidence raises some serious concerns that someone or some entity engaged in efforts to manipulate the 2019 General Election, and issued some demands, “That the Attorney General release the number of subpoenas issued and responded to, and the number of witnesses interviewed in his investigation of over 100 complaints received by his office.”

She added: “We’re asking that state officials release the computer logs of the machines used in the precincts. These logs can be provided without compromising anyone’s privacy, and they’re the starting point to get answers rather than mere speculation.”

It is important to note that what the two are talking about are unofficial election night returns. The State Board of Elections will meet Nov. 21 to certify the ballots, making the numbers official.

Lillie Ruschell, spokesperson for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, responded to the claims:

“Secretary Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, continues to log all concerns regarding the 2019 Election presented to her and has placed all complaints before members of her Election Integrity Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern and Western District.”

No member of the Task Force has raised any possible concern to the Secretary, Ruschell said.

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