After losing by a single vote in the general election, State Representative DJ Johnson announced on Friday he’s moving forward with a request to conduct a full recount in his race against Jim Glenn.
Jim Glenn, a former state representative, beat Johnson by one vote – and the result did not change following a recanvass.
“This isn’t about challenging the results of the election, it’s about confirming them,” said Johnson, who was first elected State Representative for the 13th District in 2016. “I owe it to my constituents, my supporters and everyone who voted on November 6th to move forward with this process to make sure we got the results right.”
The recanvass of the votes took place one week after the general election, showing no change in the final tally.
A full recount is a much more in-depth examination of ballots from election day, along with any absentee and provisional ballots.
There is no legal provision for a full recount to be conducted by the State Board of Elections in General Assembly races, so the power falls to the General Assembly itself where the appropriate chamber appoints a committee chosen by a random draw to oversee any election-related challenges.
Johnson wants to see the process change.
“I think the Daviess County Clerk’s office does an excellent job running elections but human errors happen and when the results are this close, voters deserve to have the tally reconfirmed by a recount,” said Johnson. “I’d prefer that this recount be conducted by the Daviess County Board of Elections and Clerk’s office, but sadly, that is not an option.”
“That is why I am asking the staff at the Legislative Research Commission to begin drafting a bill to permit full recount’s in those races where they are not currently permitted,” continued Johnson. “If the results are overturned and I am re-elected, I will sponsor the bill and, if the results are upheld, I will work to find a new sponsor and help pass this important law change. The voters deserve a thorough, fair and timely conclusion to their elections. To force close legislative elections to have their results confirmed through the current process is burdensome to the candidates, clerks and legislative staff and unfair to the voters.”
(This story was originally published on November 30, 2018)