Election fraud investigation in Robertson

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

FRANKFORT — A special prosecutor has been assigned to a case involving alleged election/voter fraud in Robertson County during the May primary election.

According to Terry Sebastian, spokesperson with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, the OAG received complaints during the election cycle. However, no information on the complaints or the person involved is being released at this time.

Sebastian said Robertson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Miller reached out to the OAG to make officials aware of complaints he had also received.

“Our office has primary jurisdiction, but Miller called us to let us know about the possible irregularities and asked to be recused from the investigation,” Sebastian said. “A special prosecutor is now looking into it.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie Goldy of Mount Sterling, has been assigned to the case.

Goldy serves as the 21st Judicial Circuit commonwealth’s attorney. The district includes Rowan, Bath, Menifee and Montgomery Counties.

According to Goldy, though little information is being released about the case, he did confirm there is an investigation.

“I’ve talked to the investigator (from the Kentucky OAG),” he said. “We are looking into matters involving the primary election.”

Goldy said he received a letter from the OAG recently telling him he had been appointed to the investigation.

“When a local prosecutor recuses themselves from a case, a special prosecutor is called in to take over,” he said. “The only information I currently have about the case is a letter telling me I’ve been assigned and it was involving election/voter fraud in Robertson County.”

Goldy said that in the 12 years he has served as commonwealth’s attorney, he has never been referred to an election case.

He also said, if it is believed that any criminal activity has taken place, the case will be referred to a grand jury in Robertson County.

“If we feel like there is something criminal, we will present it to the grand jury,” he said. “If they indict, it will continue through the courts as any other criminal case. If there is no indictment, we will inform the (OAG) and it will not continue through the courts.”

Goldy said once the investigator has completed his work, the information will be brought to his office and they will look over the information together.

“I told him to bring the information to me and we’ll go over it together and see what needs to happen next,” he said. “I’m not sure how long it might take for him to tie everything up.”


Christy Howell-Hoots

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