U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey from the eastern district of Kentucky appeared with Grimes and Tennant in Frankfort to reaffirm the federal government's resolve in prosecuting election fraud cases.
"We intend to do everything within our power to make sure that this election is a free and fair election, and that those who might seek to subvert the integrity of the election receive special attention from our office," he said.
Federal prosecutor Ken Taylor said vote buying has persisted in Kentucky despite several prison sentences being meted out over the past decade.
"When we stamp it out in one place, it comes up in another," he said. "We stamp out one form of it, and it comes up in another form somewhere else."