Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Prepared for Potential Recanvass in Close Election
wake of the May 19 Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election, in which Matt
Bevin and James Comer are currently separated by only 83 votes, Secretary of
State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is prepared
to implement procedures for a recanvass in the event one is requested.
candidates and the public are entitled to confidence in election results, and I
stand ready to facilitate any proceedings necessary to provide those
assurances,” said Grimes. “My office is prepared and will continue to provide
updates regarding any recanvass requests we receive and the procedures being
a recanvass in a statewide election, a candidate must submit a written request
to the Secretary of State’s office no later than 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on
May 26. The request may be limited to certain precincts or counties or seek a
statewide recanvass, and the Secretary of State’s Office will communicate the
request to all county boards of elections involved.
to Kentucky law, the county boards of elections for the counties in which a
recanvass was requested will convene at 9 a.m. on May 28 to recheck and
recanvass each voting machine and make a return to the county clerk, which
shall become the official return for the county.
candidate and both political parties are entitled to have a representative
present at the recanvass. In addition, the county board of elections shall
authorize members of the media to observe.
purpose of a recanvass is to verify the accuracy of the vote totals reported
from the voting machines. The method for conducting the recanvass depends on
the type of voting machine and is set forth in an administrative regulation, 31 KAR 4:070. No voting machines are unlocked
during the recanvass. If there was an error in the original canvass, the
returns shall be corrected. The county board of elections must file its
recanvass report with the Secretary of State immediately upon completion of the
11, the Secretary of State’s office distributed to all county clerks vote total
certification forms and a memorandum
with the procedures and forms to be used in the event a recanvass is requested.
January 2011, the Secretary of State’s office has received five recanvass
requests – three for legislative offices and two for judicial offices. The recanvass results
did not change the outcome of those elections. The last statewide recanvass
occurred in the 2011 Republican Primary for the office of Secretary of State
between Bill Johnson and Hilda Legg. The recanvass resulted in
a change of 6 votes in favor of Hilda Legg, the losing candidate, but did not
change the outcome of the election.
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