Attorney General Andy Beasher selects counties for post-general election audits

11/22/2016 02:48 PM

Calloway, Carter, Jackson, Leslie, Muhlenberg and Wayne counties will undergo independent audits to find any potential irregularities that may have happened during the general election.

Attorney General Andy Beshear drew the six counties randomly in a publicly held drawing, saying Tuesday that the selection of these counties does not mean that irregularities are suspected.

“These audits ensure a fair and clean election process in Kentucky and broaden the work of our investigators leading up to and during the General Election,” Beshear said in a press release.

The audit process involves the attorney general’s staff interviewing local officials and random election officers. The investigators will review sheriff precinct reports, election reports, voter assistance forms and absentee ballot applications. Once the audits are completed, the findings will be presented to local grand juries.

As of Nov. 22, the attorney general’s office has received 277 election complaints in 66 counties.

On Election Day the Attorney General’s Election Fraud hotline received 216 calls from 59 counties.

In the last post-election audit, Anderson, Breathitt, Garrad, Laurel, Shelby and Todd counties were randomly selected after the primary election in May. No irregularities were found in those six counties.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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