State judges have dismissed an appeal in a lawsuit alleging election fraud in Magoffin County.
The three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals said the request to review the case was filed after the deadline.
John P. Montgomery, a Republican who lost to incumbent Judge-Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin, and incumbent Sheriff Randall Bob Jordan, a Democrat who lost to challenger Carson Montgomery last November, had filed the lawsuit in circuit court.
They asked to have the election overturned because of alleged vote-buying.
A special judge said it was clear there was vote-buying in the November election.
However, the judge dismissed the case, ruling there was not sufficient evidence that the winning candidates took part in buying votes or knew it was going on.
John Montgomery and Jordan appealed that decision. That's the request the appeals judges dismissed.
Three county residents have been indicted on federal charges of buying votes in the election.
They are Randall E. Salyer, 54; Patricia L. Trusty, 43; and Donald Trusty, 43.
Salyer, a Democrat, is on the county election board. The Trustys are related to Carson Montgomery by marriage.