6 Ky. counties chosen for post-election audit

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- The names of six Kentucky counties were drawn at random on Friday to undergo post-election audits.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General Michael Wright drew the names of Boyle, Gallatin, Henderson, Kenton, Oldham and Powell counties.

“We take our job to protect Kentuckians’ voting rights very seriously,” Wright said. “These audits ensure our election process remains fair and aid our sworn investigators in identifying any suspected wrongdoing or irregularities.”

By law, the Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations and is required to conduct postelection audits in no fewer than 5 percent of Kentucky’s counties following each primary and general election.

To guarantee a fair and equitable election process, following each election, investigators within the Department of Criminal Investigations perform routine audits, which include checking election forms and interviewing county officials. After conducting inquiries, prosecutors in the AG’s Office of Special Prosecutions present the results to the respective county grand juries.

The office coordinates election monitoring with the State Board of Elections, the Secretary of State’s Office, Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Office of the Attorney General staff review complaints and, when appropriate, refer them for further action.

In the November election cycle, the office’s Election Law Violations hotline received 164 election calls from 56 counties. By law, the office cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.

“Any and all allegations of election fraud will be pursued and those in violation of the law will be held accountable,” Wright stated.

The Attorney General’s office recently concluded post-2019 primary election audits of Bourbon, Carter, Fleming, Marion, Muhlenberg and Scott counties. The audits showed no potential criminal activity.

The post-2018 general election audits of Breathitt, Grayson, Greenup, McCreary, Washington and Webster counties also showed no potential criminal activity.

There were no statewide elections in 2017. No irregularities were found in the postelection audits for the 2016 primary and general elections.

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