Crowded Ballots Prompt More Runoff Proposals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The crowded governor's race has prompted
more proposed legislation by lawmakers.
Representative Rick Nelson has introduced his second bill of the
session related to the runoff election provision. The Middlesboro
Democrat proposes that if no candidate for governor garners 40
percent of the vote in the May 22nd primary, the top two finishers
would face off again five weeks later.
Nelson's latest bill, filed last week, would require the state
to cover the five (m) million dollars in costs that counties would
have to pay to set up voting machines, tabulate results and train
poll workers.
Nelson and other lawmakers have said their main concern is the
cost such an election would place on already cash-strapped
counties, especially considering that a runoff is expected to have
low turnout. Also last week, Representative Dwight Butler sponsored
a bill that would allow a gubernatorial candidate to select a
running mate after the primary. Butler is a Republican from Harned.

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