Attorney General selects counties for post-primary election audits

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Gov. Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 1, 2016)Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 17 primary election.

The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include: Anderson, Breathitt, Garrard, Laurel, Shelby and Todd.

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“These audits ensure a fair and equitable election process in Kentucky and supplement the work our investigators did leading up to and during the primary election,” Beshear said.

Kentucky law requires the Office of the Attorney General to conduct postelection audits in no fewer than 5 percent of Kentucky’s counties following each primary and general election, and to randomly select the counties in a publicly held drawing.

These routine inquiries will include checking election forms and interviewing county officials.

The selection of these counties does not imply that irregularities are suspected, Beshear said.

Beshear said there were no irregularities found in the six counties selected during the last postelection audit for the general election in November. Those counties included: Bullitt, Clark, Hardin, Harrison, McCreary and Morgan.

In April and May, the Attorney General’s office received 119 calls concerning the May primary. A total of 114 calls have been handled by AG staff who either advised callers or after reviewing the subject of the call found no irregularities. Five calls are still under review by the AG’s office, which by law cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.