Some narrow House races may have recanvass requests

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - If you thought the primary election was over, think again.  The returns released Tuesday night by the Secretary of State’s office won’t become official until the State Board of Elections certifies the results when they meet on June 5.

 

You can also expect to see recanvass requests from some candidates who were narrowly defeated - among those State House of Representative races which were decided by less than 200 votes in unofficial results:

·       4th District Republican primary, where incumbent Lynn Bechler beat Fred Stubblefield by 187 votes

·       43rd District Republican primary, where Everett Corley edged Denise Raine by 9 votes

·       71st District Republican primary, where Travis Brenda won over House Majority Floor Leader Johnathan Shell by 123 votes

·       97th District Republican primary, where it was Bobby McCool by 182 votes over Russell Halsey

·       100th District Democratic primary, where Terri Branham Clark had 16 votes more than Ann Brown Perkins

There were also some squeakers in non-partisan judicial races, where the top two finishers move on to the November general election:

·       3rd Supreme Court District, Debra Lambert easily finished first, but the race for second place between Dan Ballou and David Tapp had Ballou on top by 51 votes out of over 127,000 cast

·       30th District Judge 9th Division, Daniel Alvarez came out on top by a wide margin, but Tanisha Ann Hickerson edged Karen Faulkner by 17 votes, out of more than 93,000 cast for second place.

The deadline to request a recanvass is May 29 at 4 p.m. local time.  Those recanvasses will take place on May 31 at 9 a.m. local time. 


The Secretary of State’s office says while recanvasses have sometimes led to closer or wider margins, no race has ever been overturned.


The Kentucky Attorney General’s office says they received 139 complaint calls from 46 counties on their Election Law Violations Hotline on Tuesday.  That compares with 205 calls from 60 counties during the 2014 primary, the last time all the local races were on the ballot like this year.


Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, which coordinated election monitoring with the State Board of Elections, Secretary of State’s Office, Kentucky State Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI on Tuesday, will review the complaints and, when appropriate, refer them for further action. 


In two weeks, Beshear will draw at random the six counties that will receive election audits and at that time will update investigations into the 153 calls received on Tuesday.


The Secretary of State’s office reports just more than 23 percent of Kentucky’s registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday, less than the 30 percent predicted last week.

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