Gov. Bevin officially requests recanvass in general election

Gov. Matt Bevin's campaign has officially requested a recanvass after the general election. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Gov. Matt Bevin's campaign has officially requested a recanvass after the general election. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)(WKYT)
Published: Nov. 6, 2019 at 2:35 PM EST
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Governor Matt Bevin's campaign is requesting an official recanvass after the general election.

Gov. Bevin addressed reporters Wednesday afternoon at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.

"We want this process to move forward expeditiously," Bevin said. "We want it to be something that everyone can have confidence in. "

"The people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election," said Bevin Campaign Manager Davis Paine. "With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted."

Gov. Bevin said there were multiple irregularities in the vote totals, including absentee ballots. No evidence of the governor's claims has been proven as of Wednesday.

"We know there have been thousands of absentee ballots that were illegally counted. That is known, and this again is something that's being looked into. We know that there are reports of people having been turned away, incorrectly turned away from various voting booths around the state," Gov. Bevin said.

The governor said a number of machines in Jefferson County did not work properly, and he questions if some paper ballots were scanned or not.

Beshear's campaign fired back at Gov. Bevin's request, pointing out a recanvassing has never changed the result of a Kentucky election.

“Last night, the people of Kentucky elected Andy Beshear as their next governor. Today, Governor-Elect Beshear is already working on his transition so that he can best serve the people of Kentucky on day one. We hope that Matt Bevin honors the results of the recanvass, which will show he received fewer votes than Andy Beshear," said Beshear Campaign Manager Eric Hyers.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes's office says it has received a written request asking for a recanvass of all precincts in all Kentucky counties.

“Integrity in our elections processes is crucial, and Kentuckians deserve to know that their votes are properly counted and tabulated," said Grimes.

The secretary of state's office says the difference is 5,189 votes.

House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, released a statement clarifying the legislature's role in this process.

“The legislature has no role whatsoever in the governor’s request for a recanvas or even in a potential recount," Osborne said. "If he chooses to file a formal election contest, the House Majority Caucus will handle the matter in a legal, ethical, and appropriate manner that fulfills the requirements set forth by the Kentucky Constitution, statute and rules of the House.

"However, it is important to note that an election contest cannot be filed until after the Board of Elections takes final action on the election results several weeks from now.”

County boards of elections will convene on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. to conduct the recanvass. Those numbers will be reported to the secretary of state.

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