12:36pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Six Counties Undergo Post-Election Audit

Breathitt County will be one of six counties in Kentucky that will undergo a post-election audit, to see if anything illegal or irregular occurred during the Nov. 8 general election. That came about on Tuesday afternoon when Breathitt, along with Casey, Daviess, Garrard, Livingston and Todd counties, were picked at random during a drawing by state Attorney General Jack Conway in Frankfort.

The six counties were selected in a public drawing that must be done within 20 days of the election.

Investigators with the attorney general's Office will include checking election forms and interviewing county officials in their routine inquiries. Conway's office was quick to point out just because Breathitt and the five other counties included were selected does not mean that irregularities or illegal activity were suspected.

“These audits supplement the work our investigators and prosecutors did on the ground leading up to the general election,” Conway said in a statement from his office, “and the process, as defined by Kentucky law, will ensure that voters in every corner of the Commonwealth encounter procedures at polling places that are fair and equitable.”

In addition to the post-election audit investigation, the Attorney General's Office is continuing follow-up investigations in regards to complaints to the Election Fraud Hotline. During last Tuesday's general election, the hotline received 22 calls with 25 complaints from 16 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Until the review is completed, the specifics about those calls cannot be released.

One allegation of vote-buying in neighboring Magoffin County did come in before Election Day.