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Ky. Election Results Certified, Counties Chosen For Audit

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Voters fill out their ballots at The Academy at Shawnee polling area, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in Louisville Ky. (Voters fill out their ballots at The Academy at Shawnee polling area, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in Louisville Ky.

The State Board of Elections has certified vote totals from the November 8th general election.

59 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast ballots in the election – just one percent shy of the 60 percent projection released by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes a week before Kentuckians headed to the polls.

The chief election official also issued certifications of election to the candidates who received the highest vote totals. The commonwealth’s presidential electors are now scheduled to meet on December 19th at the Supreme Court in Frankfort to officially cast the state’s votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

Grimes thanked the more than 15,000 election administrators across the state, which she called the “backbone” of the process.

Bring On the Audits

As required under Kentucky law, Attorney General Andy Beshear randomly selected six Kentucky counties Tuesday that will undergo post-election audits to ensure the integrity of the elections.

Calloway, Muhlenberg, Carter, Wayne, Leslie, and Jackson – those are the lucky counties which soon hear a knock on the door as investigators from the Attorney General’s office arrive to comb through local election reports and interview officials and absentee voters. Beshear says few irregularities have turned up in recent audits, and he credits the office’s work both before the election and on the ground with investigators who can address issues in real-time.

In all, the AG received 277 complaints stemming from the election, with nine pertaining to possible vote buying.

"Each of these vote buying allegations were determined to be unfounded," Beshear reported. "Other complaints focused on election officials, voting machines, electioneering within 100 feet of the polls, and various legal questions."

Beshear says all allegations handled by his office are now closed.