Kentucky county clerks start plans for recanvass

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Planning starts for the recanvass of the Kentucky gubernatorial election.

Voters Tuesday narrowly chose Attorney General Andy Beshear over incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin. Clerks offices across the commonwealth are preparing for the task. But for election officials in Daviess County, it may be a case of deja vu.

Daviess County Clerk Leslie McCarty says the secretary of state’s office sent instructions on the recanvass after Governor Bevin made his request Wedensday. McCarty says two teams will count each precinct’s vote totals to ensure it was the same total as election night.

“Right now, we’re getting all our tapes together from the machines and making sure they’re all accounted for,” says McCarty. “We’re getting our plan together for the recanvass.”

This will take place nearly a year after the race between State Rep. Jim Glenn, and former State Rep. D.J. Johnson, ended with a one vote margin. A recanvass and recount followed, where the margin changed to a tie, but Johnson ended his challenge during house committee hearings in Frankfort.

“Educational, definitely worthwhile,” Johnson said, describing what going through the recanvass and recount was like after last year’s election.

“It was different,” says State Rep. Glenn, on his experience with it. Johnson says he was comfortable with the process he went through last year, and thinks Gov. Bevin will follow state law.

“I think that’s what Gov. Bevin is going to do, he’s going to see what comes from the recanvass and follow the law,” he says.

State Rep. Glenn says modern technology used in recanvasses and recounts may not change the first result much.

“It’s not like 20 years ago, 30 years ago where they physically counted everything one at a time. Now they do everything by computers, and they do it three different ways,” he says.

McCarty adds that other county and state officials may look to Daviess County to see how they handled the recanvass as part of their planning. It is scheduled for November 14th, starting at 9:00 AM.

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(This story was originally published on November 7, 2019)

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