Secretary of State
Grayson Requests Assistance from Media Outlets to Protect the Election’s Integrity
(Frankfort, KY) During the now infamous 2000 election cycle, numerous media outlets across the country declared a winner in the presidential race in the state of Florida even before the polls had closed in a portion of the state within the Central Standard Time (CST) Zone. Many media reports noted that voters in the Florida panhandle, which falls in the CST Zone, felt disenfranchised, thinking their votes did not matter.
Secretary of State Trey Grayson took a step today to prevent that from occurring in Kentucky’s elections. Grayson requested media outlets voluntarily not release the results from races that cross both the Eastern and Central time zones until the polls in the Central time zones have closed at (CST).
“No voter should feel as if his or her vote does not matter. It is imperative that we protect the integrity of our elections,” Grayson stated. “We are asking that members of the media voluntarily delay the reporting of a few races in order to prevent voter disenfranchisement.”
Secretary Grayson noted that races that fall completely in the Eastern Standard Time zone would not be affected by this voluntary delay.
“This is another step to help provide the most fair and honorable elections possible for the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Grayson continued. “The eyes of the nation will first turn to Kentucky on election night because we are one of the first states in the country to close its polls, and we have a number of competitive races. While the spotlight might be bright, it is important that we place the importance of every citizen’s vote above all motivating factors.”
Grayson called for similar assistance during the 2004 presidential election. It is unknown how many media outlets heeded that request.
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