Fired elections staffer alleges improper voter data access

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A former Kentucky State Board of Elections staff member says his termination this week was in retaliation for accusing the Secretary of State’s Office of improperly gathering voter information during campaigns.

Matthew Stelph, the state board’s assistant to the director, was fired Tuesday along with executive director Maryellen Allen. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Republican wrote a 17-page letter to four of six board members Oct. 21 alleging Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, granted staff improper access to the voter registration system and interfered with a contract grant, among other complaints.

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Selph had previously filed a complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, which can’t confirm ongoing investigations.

Grimes’ communications director, Bradford Queen, didn’t comment on the letter, and said the termination decision didn’t include Grimes’ vote.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com