Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Counties Selected for Post-Election Audit
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced that six Kentucky counties were chosen in a random drawing to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the General Election on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. The counties are:
"The post-election audits are one of numerous steps this office takes to ensure a fair and equitable election process," General Conway said. "The audits supplement the work our investigators did on the ground on election day and leading up to the election to quickly respond to any voting irregularities."
An investigator from General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations will be assigned to each of the counties selected in the public drawing. As part of the audit, the investigators will meet with local officials relevant to the election, check election forms and absentee ballots, review election complaints for that county and present their findings to a grand jury. The selection of these counties does not imply that irregularities are suspected.
In addition to the post-election audits, follow-up investigations are continuing regarding complaints to the Election Fraud Hotline. To date, the Election Fraud Hotline has received a total of 369 calls generating 405 issues related to the 2010 General Election. A total of 202 calls from 62 counties were made to the hotline between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on election day raising 212 issues. Any complaints that appear to be criminal in nature are referred to the appropriate agency for investigation.
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 that must be done within 20 days of the election.