Office of the Attorney General
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 17. The counties are:
"These audits supplement the work our investigators and prosecutors did on the ground leading up to the primary election, and the process, as defined by Kentucky law, will ensure that voters in every corner of our Commonwealth encounter procedures at polling places that are fair and equitable," 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 five percent of Kentucky's counties following each primary and general election. The counties are selected in a public drawing that 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.
Bell, Carter, McCreary, Pendleton, Powell and Union were not exempt from being chosen in today’s drawing because they were audited after the general election in November of 2010. The November audits did find irregularities that were forwarded to local prosecutors. The Office of the Attorney General is prohibited from discussing the nature of those irregularities.
In addition to the post-election audit investigation, follow-up investigations are continuing regarding complaints to the Election Fraud Hotline, which received six calls between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the primary election on May 17. An additional six calls were received before and after the election for a total of 12 calls relating to the primary election. Specifics of those calls cannot be released until review is complete.
On Election Day, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General monitored polling places in each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts.