FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Six counties were chosen at random on Monday for post-election audits to be performed by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.
Deputy Attorney General J. Michael drew the names from a hat to conduct the audits, which are required under state law, and include checking election forms from the May 21 primary election and interviewing county officials. After the inquiry is performed, the findings will be presented to each county’s grand jury.
The counties chosen for the audit were Bourbon, Carter, Fleming, Marion, Muhlenberg and Scott. While counties that were audited following the November 2018 general election were exempt from back-to-bac election audits, Scott was also drawn following the May 2018 primary.
Brown said the Attorney General’s office is charged directly with enforcing all election laws in Kentucky, including investigating complaints.
“We had a very low total of 60 complaints that came into us during the primary election,” he said. “I’m happy to say that by the end of the day, the lone remaining investigation of the 60 should be resolved and that case will be closed.
“This particular election went very, very smoothly, from the perspective of our office and our department of criminal investigations, and all those who serve on the election task force.”
Brown noted that during the 2018 primary they had 339 complaints, more than five times the amount for this year’s election, which included the governor’s primary races.
According to the Attorney General’s office, no irregularities were found in the audits performed following the 2018 primary or general elections, as well as the 2016 elections. Kentucky had no election in 2017.
Brown conducted the drawing instead of Attorney General Andy Beshear, who was campaigning for governor in the home district of House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, whom Beshear defeated in the May Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Beshear takes on incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin’s bid for a second term in November.