- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Attorneys for a Magoffin County official have asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that would force the official out of office for election fraud.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1YQZOBt ) reports Judge-Executive Charles Hardin’s attorneys on Wednesday argued that the Court of Appeals’ decision to declare Hardin’s office vacant was not supported by facts.

Hardin received more absentee votes than his challenger John P. Montgomery in November 2014 and won by 28 votes. Montgomery accused Hardin of fraud and alleged that absentee ballot applications were given to people ineligible to vote.

Hardin denied the allegations, but a circuit court declared the office vacant. The Court of Appeals let the decision stand.

Hardin can remain in office while his case is pending in the state Supreme Court.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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