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Attorney general’s office announces 12 Ky. counties selected for audit following May 17 primary elections

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has announced twelve randomly-selected Kentucky counties will undergo a 2022 post-primary election audit.

The audits will be conducted by the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nicholas, Monroe, Graves, Metcalfe, Jackson, Hopkins, Pendleton, Boyd, Madison, Powell, Rockcastle, and Grayson Counties to determine if any irregularities took place during the 2022 primary election.

Daniel Cameron

“Post-election audits are an important part of our efforts to protect the integrity of Kentucky’s elections and to ensure our elections remain free and fair,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron. “Our Department of Criminal Investigations works closely with county clerks and their staff to conduct the audit in each county, and we appreciate their partnership in this process.”

During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 216, which amended KRS 15.243 to expand the Attorney General’s independent inquiry of potential election irregularities from not fewer than five percent of Kentucky counties to not fewer than 12 counties. Today, these twelve counties were randomly selected in a public forum within twenty days of the 2022 primary election, as the statute requires.

State law prohibits counties from being audited in two consecutive elections. Counties audited following the 2020 General Election were not eligible for today’s drawing and include: Fleming, Hickman, Lawrence, Livingston, Anderson, and Boone. The post-election audits conducted by DCI in each of these counties did not uncover any criminal conduct.

After completing independent investigations in each of the twelve counties drawn today, DCI and the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions will present their findings to the grand jury and chief circuit judge of each audited county.

Tuesday’s public drawing was live-streamed and can be viewed on the Attorney General’s YouTube Channel.

The Attorney General’s office monitors potential election law violations throughout the year through the Election Fraud Hotline. Hotline complaints related to the May 2022 primary election can be viewed by visiting ag.ky.gov. If you suspect election fraud, report the incident to the hotline by calling 1-800-328-VOTE.

From Attorney General’s Office

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  1. Linda Ferguson says:

    I have trying to find out if it’s a state law you have to have a photo ID to vote in the state of Kentucky. I have called but no answers or if someone does answers they send me to someone who doesn’t answer.

  2. MMS says:

    Unless the law has been amended since 2020 you do not have to have a photo ID. You have to have some form of identification but not necessarily a photo. In fact even a poll worker can vouch for your validity if you have an electric bill. And we all know lol workers would never break the law.

    • Judy Clabes says:

      This is bad information, MMS. The law changed with SB2 which went into effect July 15, 2020. Best to check your facts as you seem to speak with authority.Here’s what the Secretary of State site says:

      SB 2 went into effect July 15, 2020, and is now Kentucky state law. A photo ID to vote will be required in
      the November 2020 General Election and all elections going forward.


      While non-photo ID (or personal acquaintance with the poll worker) previously was required to vote, the
      ID presented will now need to include a photo of the voter to be valid as defined in KRS 117.375(12), as

  3. michael plummer says:

    When is he going to audit the million dollars bevin gave Taft law firm to investigate the Steve Beshear Administration?

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