Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Counties Selected for Post-election Audit

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  Allison Martin
Communications Director

Attorney General Conway Announces Counties Selected for Post-election Audit

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 19. The counties are:

1. Greenup
2. Laurel
3. Taylor
4. Lewis
5. Jefferson
6. Calloway

"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 2014 include: Owsley, Gallatin, Simpson, Bourbon, Metcalfe and Mercer counties. There were no irregularities discovered during the last audit. Those counties most recently selected in November 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 16 calls from 11 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the primary election on May 19. Most of the calls were procedural in nature. There were no allegations of vote buying. The Office of the Attorney General received an additional seven calls after the election. All but one of the complaints reported have been closed. Specifics of the calls may not be discussed until reviews are complete.

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