FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — An event that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted was worth attending was held on Wednesday by a group questioning the integrity of Kentucky's election.
"This is not about flipping the election," said Kris Stuebs, a member of Citizens for Election Integrity. "This is about election integrity."
The two members of Citizens for Election Integrity held a press conference in Frankfort and brought up conspiracy theories LEX 18 has proven lack hard evidence.
Inside the capitol building, right near the attorney general's office, Erika Calihan and Stuebs insisted that they have taken in many reports of voting irregularities.
"We have gotten so many different complaints," said Stuebs. "We couldn't even possibly call about them. This is the attorney general's job."
The two pointed to voting discrepancies in a few counties, including Anderson County.
But, when asked if they had contacted any county clerks, Calihan said that she had not contacted them directly.
"I have not directly. But I've had people that I've been working with," said Calihan. "Again, we are a ragtag team of me, my girl Kris, and a couple other folks."
The group also produced videos that they claim show evidence of voter fraud. LEX 18 has decided against showing these videos, as there is no hard evidence that there is proof of fraud.
The two also pointed out that they are adamant supporters of Bevin. According to a check of Kentucky.gov, it appears both have been appointed to boards during the Bevin administration.
“I have tried to hide nothing that I campaigned for the governor. It’s all over my Facebook page, it’s all over my Twitter page," said Calihan. "So I have friends that are obviously also Bevin supporters, so I talk with them. This is completely independent of that. I’m not trying to change an election here. I’m trying to talk about voter fraud."
A spokesperson for Gov.-Elect Andy Beshear released a statement about Wednesday's press conference stating:
“Last week, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians made their voices heard at the ballot box and Andy Beshear received the most votes. Gov.-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. It is clear this group’s goal is not to actually show that Matt Bevin got more votes than Andy Beshear; they are grasping at straws to try to undermine confidence in election results with which they disagree."
As for Bevin, who tweeted he planned to be in attendance, he was not in attendance.
For those interested in the integrity of the election process in Kentucky and in America (which should be ALL of us), this looks like an event worth attending...— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) November 13, 2019
I will plan to be in attendance at 2:00pm today in Frankfort as my schedule allows... pic.twitter.com/lh5rnKZFLq
A spokesperson for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes released a statement about Wednesday's press conference stating:
"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. As the Commonwealth heads into tomorrow’s [Thursday's] recanvass, no member of the Task Force has raised any possible concern to the Secretary. County Board’s of Election will convene tomorrow [Thursday] at 9 a.m. to begin the recanvass. Locations for tomorrow’s recanvass can be located here. This will be the 24th recanvass conducted by Secretary Grimes."