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Officials across party lines call out election lies

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Sheriffs' Association and the Kentucky County Attorneys Association have joined Secretary of State Michael Adams, the Kentucky State Board of Elections and the Kentucky County Clerks Association in signing a letter aimed at debunking lies about the election system trafficked by Adrienne Southworth, Stephen Knipper and Jon Schrock on their "Restore Election Integrity" tour.

"I'm grateful to Republican and Democratic local officials for coming together to defend the integrity of our election officials and poll workers," said Secretary Adams. "While voting in Kentucky has never been more accessible than it has been in the past two years, it also has never been more secure."

The letter reads as follows:

We write this letter in our capacity as election officials, charged with providing Kentuckians the free and fair elections guaranteed by the Constitution of our Commonwealth. We are Democrats and Republicans; we are state officials in Frankfort and local officials across the state; we are full-time elected officials and part-time volunteers.

Conducting elections has never been an easy task, but it has never been harder than it is today. A lot of work goes into the election process, and numerous safeguards exist at every level. But because voters may not be familiar with these details, others seek to scare them by spreading misinformation.

We stand united against election misinformation efforts of the "Restore Election Integrity" tour. The tour's organizers are traveling the state making allegations that are false and that threaten the healthy functioning of our democracy. To date, they have provided neither us, nor law enforcement, nor the news media with any evidence of their irresponsible claims. That is understandable - they cannot.

We reassure Kentuckians that our voting machines are not connected to the internet, or each other, and they never have been. Kentucky elections have not been hacked, and anyone who says that is simply wrong.

The organizers say that with respect to election integrity, "It's the elite versus the real people." But we are the real people - the citizens who love Kentucky sufficiently to work long hours, even in the face of occasional physical threats, to run these elections - and we have had enough. We encourage Kentuckians to accept election information only from legitimate sources.

Signed by:
State Board of Elections
Michael G. Adams, Secretary of State & Chief Election Official
Ben Chandler, Chair of the State Board of Elections
Cory Skolnick, Member of State Board of Elections
James Lewis, Member of State Board of Elections
Sherry Whitehouse, Member of State Board of Elections
Dwight Sears, Member of State Board of Elections
Deanna Brangers, Member of State Board of Elections
Jerry Johnson, Member of State Board of Elections
The Kentucky Sheriffs' Association
The Kentucky County Attorneys Association
The Kentucky County Clerks Association

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