New development in the recount in Kentucky’s 13th district race. State Representative Jim Glenn defeated D.J. Johnson by just one vote last November.
After an almost 12 hour recount Saturday, there is a tie between the two. An outcome no one expected.
“We’ve been here all day long,” said chief deputy clerk Richard House.
“We knew it was gonna be tight we just didn’t anticipate this,” said Johnson.
Clerks started the recount Saturday morning of nearly 40 precincts covering the district.
“When votes are scanned into a machine a machine doesn’t take into effect if someone circles a name or strikes through something or anything like that so by giving human eyeball to that it puts it in a different perspective,” said House.
A Kentucky house committee approved Johnson’s request for a recount last week and he says it proved to be effective.
“This points out basically validates the need there was for a recount because we added votes that would not have been counted originally.”
The last portion of votes came from once rejected absentee ballots. After taking a second look, the election board accepted five: three ballots for Johnson, one for Glenn and the last did not have a vote.
A report will now go to the House on Monday.
“My understanding is if the House accepts the report from them at some point here will have to be a coin toss but that’s up to them,” said Johnson, “I did not anticipate a tie whatsoever it was not something I even thought about.”
We spoke to Glenn immediately after the recount. He gave us the statement, “Based on the standard electoral process, I won.”
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(This story was originally published on February 2, 2019)