Counties Selected For Post-Election Audit

 

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Thursday that six Kentucky counties were chosen in a random drawing to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the primary election on Tuesday, November 4. The counties are:

1.)   Owsley

2.)   Gallatin

3.)   Simpson

4.)   Bourbon

5.)   Metcalfe

6.)   Mercer

 

“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,” General Conway said.

The post-election audits, which are required by law (KRS 15.243), will be conducted by the Office of the Attorney General. Pursuant to KRS 15.243 (3),(a), the Kentucky Attorney General is required to conduct a post-election audit investigation in no fewer than 5 percent of Kentucky’s counties following each primary and general election.  The counties are selected in a public drawing and must be done within 20 days of the election.

In each county, these routine inquiries will include checking election forms and interviewing county officials. The selection of these counties does not imply that irregularities are suspected.  The certified audit drawing may be viewed by visiting this link. http://goo.gl/kdlQdc

The six counties selected during the last post-election audit in May of 2014 include:  Meade, Allen, Clark, Warren, Breathitt, and Russell counties. There were no irregularities discovered during the last audit.

In addition to the post-election audit, follow-up investigations are continuing regarding complaints to the Election Fraud Hotline, which received 226 calls from more than 50 counties between 6a.m. and 7p.m. during the General Election on November 4.  There were 16 allegations of vote-buying.  Those allegations came from Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Jefferson, Letcher, Magoffin, Montgomery and Owsley counties.  In addition to the 226 calls on Election Day, the Office of the Attorney General received 67 complaints prior to Election Day and 55 complaints after the election for an overall total of 349 complaints/calls from 77 counties.  A total of 54 calls/complaints alleged vote-buying.  Specifics of the calls may not be discussed until investigations are complete.

On General Election Day, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General also monitored polling places in each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts.

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