Monday, 06 09, 2014
Allison Gardner Martin
Attorney General Jack Conway announced that six Kentucky counties were chosen in a random drawing this afternoon to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the primary election on Tuesday, May 20. The counties are:
1.) Meade County
2.) Allen County
3.) Clark County
4.) Warren County
5.) Breathitt County
6.) Russell County
“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 six counties selected during the last post-election audit in November of 2012 include: Bath, Bracken, Bourbon, Grayson, Johnson and Lewis 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 205 calls from more than 60 counties between 6a.m. and 7p.m. during the primary election on May 20. There were 49 allegations of vote-buying. Those allegations came from Breathitt, Clay, Pike, Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Laurel, Owsley, Carter, Knott, Magoffin, Bath, Clinton, Knox, Lee, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Perry and Wayne counties. Specifics of the calls may not be discussed until our investigations are complete.
On primary election day, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General also monitored polling places in each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts.
The certifying document for the selected counties can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/SCTr13
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