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Six counties randomly selected for post-election audit

Audits in Bullitt, McCreary, Clark, Hardin, Morgan and Harrison counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) — Six Kentucky counties were chosen in a random drawing this morning to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the general election on Nov. 3, Attorney General Jack Conway announced today.

“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,” Conway said.

The counties are:

  • Bullitt County
  • McCreary County
  • Clark County
  • Hardin County
  • Morgan County
  • Harrison County

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 May of 2015 were: Greenup, Laurel, Taylor, Lewis, Jefferson and Calloway counties. There were no irregularities discovered during the last audit. Those counties most recently selected in May were exempt from today’s drawing.

In addition to the post-election audit, follow-up reviews are continuing regarding complaints to the Election Fraud Hotline, which received 52 calls from 27 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the primary election on Nov. 3. Most of the calls were procedural in nature. There was one allegation of vote buying. Specifics of the calls may not be discussed until reviews are complete.

During the general election, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General also monitored polling places in each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts.