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Voter turnout above state average


SALYERSVILLE – Following the usual trend, Magoffin County’s General Election brought out a higher percentage of voters than the state average on Tuesday.

Kentucky saw 47.38 percent of registered voters hit the polls on November 6, while Magoffin reported a 57.21 percent turnout.

In total, 5,752 ballots were cast from Magoffin, with the county holding 10,055 registered voters.

The Independent is still waiting on the total number of absentee ballots (machine or paper) cast from Magoffin, but a conservative estimate, determined by adding the top number of votes cast in absentee machine and paper ballots in one race, then dividing it by the total number of the ballots cast in the county, puts the absentee voting percentage at no less than 14.86 percent. By comparison, in the 2014 general election, 14 percent of the ballots cast from Magoffin were by absentee. 


Election fraud still a concern

SALYERSVILLE – While state and federal agents were known to be in Magoffin on November 6, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office actually received fewer calls than normal to the Election Law Violations Hotline on Election Day.

The state AG’s office received a total of 273 calls statewide on Tuesday, with five of those calls being from Magoffin County. 

Two of the calls from Magoffin were concerning vote buying/selling (bribery), one for electioneering, one legal question and one regarding a special or absentee ballot. 

In comparison, during the 2014 general election, the AG’s office received 12 calls from Magoffin, and during this year’s primary, the office had nine Magoffin calls.

The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations. 

The AG’s Election Law Violations Hotline can be called during regular business hours at 800-328-VOTE (8683).

Assistant United States Attorney Ken Tylor is currently the District Election Officer for the Eastern district of Kentucky and is also overseeing the handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses. He can be reached by calling 859-685-4874. 

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, DC by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to or by complaint form at




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