Voting integrity sparks concern in Kentucky

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The biggest day for American politics is just over two weeks away, leaving Kentucky officials like Simpson County Clerk Jolene Thurman asking for you to exercise your right.

"Just get out there and vote. Your vote counts. And, it's a privilege to be able to, and it's just important that you do it."

But with political candidates like Donald Trump questioning the voting legitimacy, saying "I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election... if I win," It leaves local officials like Simpson County Deputy Clerk Megan Smith reassuring their communities.

"As we've seen, and many allegations, they're crying foul in multiple states. It's our job to make sure we're protecting the right to vote."

"Yesterday we had the election school for the polling officers to ensure that they are being, the election school is running how it should be and there's no chance of fraud, and everyone is looking after the identifications at the polls as they should be," Jolene Thurman added.

And officials at a state level, like Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, are speaking out too.

"Any such statement that the election is rigged, in favor of one candidate or another, are irresponsible, inappropriate, and unfounded."

"We actually have a task force. It's a cooperative partnership with agencies both federal and state that help me to oversee our election and for our voters to have confidence in the ultimate results," Secretary Grimes added.

As far as the poll booths go, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the machines are far from faulty.

"The machines that we have here in The Commonwealth of Kentucky first they are certified at the federal level. Second, certified at the state level by the state board of elections, but they all offer audible, verifiable paper trails."

A voting system Kentucky officials hope Kentuckians take in to consideration.

"It is the one way that we can continue to make a more perfect union. It's having your voice heard at the ballot."

If you are at the polls on Election Day and you see or hear something suspicious regarding voting fraud, contact your local county clerks office, local law enforcement, or call the Attorney General's Office at 1(800)328-8683.

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