Six Counties To Undergo Post-Election Audits

Six Kentucky counties have been chosen at random for post-election audits by the attorney general’s office.

From a box containing slips of paper bearing the names of all 120 Kentucky counties, the six counties chosen at random for post-election audits are Bell, McCreary, Union, Powell, Pendleton and Carter. Todd Lewis, director of special prosecutions, says investigators will look for any Election Day discrepancies.

“We’ll look at the numbers. We’ll look at the complaints that may have occurred locally, that we didn’t know about – that were not sent to the attorney general’s office. We assign a prosecutor from the special prosecutions division to bring the investigator before the local Grand Jury and we present our findings,” he said.

Lewis says similar audits following the May primary turned up problems in one county, but since the investigation is ongoing, he would not say which county. The six counties chosen at random this time will be exempt from audits in the next election.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.