Attorney General's Office selects 6 counties for post-election audit

11/19/2015 09:26 AM

FRANKFORT – Bullitt, McCreary, Clark, Hardin, Morgan, and Harrison counties were drawn on Thursday by the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General to receive post-election audits.

The procedure is pursuant to KRS 15.243 (3),(a), which says that 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 public drawing must be done within 20 days of the election.

In May, Greenup, Laurel, Taylor, Lewis, Jefferson, and Calloway counties were selected after the primary election are were not eligible for the November drawing.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General Mitchel Denham says that his office will send investigators to each of the 6 counties to do spot checks of the voters as well as talk to some voters.

“We’ll also examine absentee ballots, interview the clerks in each county, and examine the post-election reports filed by the counties,” Denham said. “It’s not a re-count, it’s not a re-canvass, it’s just a pretty simple audit.”

The Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline received 52 complaints from 27 counties during the recent general election, including one allegation of vote buying in Perry County.

Denham said that the Attorney General’s office is in the process of reviewing all of the complaints that they have received, and will take the appropriate action in collaboration with law enforcement partners, election oversight partners, and if violations of the election laws are found, they will be referred for prosecution.

“The office will continue to work with the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky board of elections, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to review complaints, and where necessary, investigate what appear to be criminal in nature,” Denham said.

Attorney General Jack Conway who lost in the general election to Gov.-elect Matt Bevin did not appear at the press conference.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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