Meade, Allen, Clark, Warren, Breathitt and Russell counties to be audited
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2014) — Six Kentucky counties — Meade, Allen, Clark, Warren, Breathitt and Russell — have been chosen by a random drawing to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the primary election on Tuesday, May 20.
“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,” Attorney General Jack 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.
No irregularities were discovered during the audits of Bath, Bracken, Bourbon, Grayson, Johnson and Lewis counties after the November 2012 election.
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 6 a.m. and 7 p.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.
The certifying document for the selected counties can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/SCTr13