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.
Andy Beshear campaign spokesman Sam Newton also weighed in on the claims.
“Last week, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians made their voices heard at the ballot box and Andy Beshear received the most votes. Governor-Elect Beshear is focused on building his transition so he can immediately begin serving the people of Kentucky on day one of his term. Following reports of a social media disinformation campaign, today’s bizarre and baseless attempt by a Bevin campaign supporter and government appointee to discredit the voices of Kentuckians will not succeed in changing the result of the election.”
A spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk’s office told the Lexington Herald-Leader there are two Jacob Burds who vote at the same location, but in different precincts, and one signed in the wrong location before voting. The clerk’s office contacted the Attorney General’s office about the error.
The number of votes being higher in the race than the number of voters who cast ballots in some counties, was because absentee ballots were not included in the number who cast ballots, only in the results for each candidate.
A statewide recanvass of the votes in the Governor’s race take place on Thursday, at the request of Bevin.
Bevin had said on Twitter earlier in the day that he would plan to attend the press conference, which heightened media attention to the event, but was a no-show.