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City Councilman Demands A Recount

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

On Election Day, one eastern Kentucky official lost his bid for re-election by one vote.

The Cumberland City Council member says that is simply too close to call and he is demanding the votes be counted again.

16 people ran for Cumberland City Council, but there are only seven seats available.

Current Councilman Charles Raleigh lost his seat by just one vote and says he is skeptical about how many votes were cast.

Cumberland Councilman Charles Raleigh says even with just one vote deciding his fate, he was going to let things be.

“I was inclined to let it go, but a lot of my supporters said 'you got to question one vote' so I did,” Charles Raleigh said.

Raleigh say he became suspicious even before Election Day, when he says someone was sending this mailer to people's homes, with what he says were false accusations about him and some of the other candidates for city council.

He says on Election Day, the Harlan County Sheriff asked him about it.

“I went home and got it, handed it to him and he informed me he was opening up an investigation into it,” Raleigh said.

Sheriff Marvin Lipfird says his department is looking into it, but it will be hard to track where it came from.

Councilman Raleigh says the letter claimed he does not support city employees.

“Absolutely ludicrous, I've always been a big employee advocate. That can definitely hurt you in an election when you think about employees and their families voting, and none of it was true,” Raleigh said.

Raleigh ordered copies of voter logs and claims that some people living outside the city voted.

The councilman has requested a recanvass, which will take place at 9am Thursday morning in Harlan County.

WYMT’s Jeff Allen talked with the Harlan County Clerk by phone Tuesday afternoon and she says the recanvass on Thursday will simply recount the votes.

If Councilman Raleigh has any concerns about fraud, she says he will have to address that with the court system.

Raleigh says no matter how it turns out, that's something he plans on doing.


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