Grimes announces new security measures before primary election


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes held a briefing Thursday to go over election security ahead of next months primary election.

“Today we will be conducting one of the first in the nation training sessions with the department of homeland security and the state board of elections for our county clerks across the state here in Frankfort on cyber security, awareness, prevention, detection,” said Grimes.

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Grimes says the training will teach officials what it takes to conduct an election in the 21st century.

“We are in a day and age where having your password taped to your computer to get into our voter registration system is no longer acceptable. That’s how you saw a breach out in arizona occur into their registration system,” said Grimes.

That training is just one of many measures Grimes says the state is making to secure the election.

Another is gradually switching to election equipment that will provide a voter-verified paper trail.

“This is what we need to do in order to one restore confidence but two also prepare ourselves for a more robust audit process after the fact in every state across the nation,” said Grimes.

Grimes says while she is proud of the steps Kentucky is taking, people need to be aware of the fact that this election is a target.

“Make no mistake we have foreign adversaries that are seeking to try to get across the message that democracy is broken and that it does not work. We are here to say that it does and we are going to defend it every step of the way,” said Grimes.

The deadline to register to vote for the May 22nd primary is April 23rd.