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No changes in six state House races recanvass, all to be sent for certification; Marsy’s Law awaits hearing

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) –  No changes came from the recanvassing of six state House races and one for commonwealth’s attorney. They will be sent for certification on Nov. 20 by the State Board of Elections.

One result stood out — In the Daviess County 13th House District race, Democrat Jim Glenn won by one vote over incumbent Republican DJ Johnson. Many others had narrow margins as well.

One result will be withheld from certification: The Constitutional Amendment, ‘Marsy’s Law,’ is being held by court order until a hearing is held on a lawsuit claiming the ballot language was too vague and therefore unconstitutional A hearing has been set for Feb. 8 before the Supreme Court.

The county boards’ recanvass totals were reported to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, so the results of the seven close races will stand.  

They were:

13th House District (Daviess County)

(D) Jim Glenn   6,319
(R) DJ Johnson  6.318  (Incumbent)
27th House District (Hardin and Meade counties)
(R)  Nancy Tate    6,938
(D)  Jeff Greer    6,932  (Incumbent)
81st House District (Madison County)
(R) Deanna Frazier   8,111
(D) Morgan Eaves     8,087
88th House District (Fayette County)
(D) Cherlynn Stevenson  12,378
(R) Bill Farmer         12,330
91st House District (Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Madison and Owsley counties)
(D) Cluster Howard       7,385
(R) Gary “Toby” Herald   7,378
96th House District (Carter and Lawrence counties)

(D) Kathy Hinkle   7,136
(R) Jill York      7,131
37th Judicial District Commonwealth’s Attorney (Carter, Elliott and Morgan counties)
(D) Brandon Ison     7,509
(R) Justin Criswell  7,486

The recanvass was a check of vote totals from each voting machine and absentee ballots. Kentucky law requires county boards of elections to contact candidates involved in the recanvass to inform them of the time and place of the recanvass.

The State Board of Elections will meet Nov. 20 in Frankfort to certify and make official the results of the General Election and issue certificates of election to winners.

Marsy’s Law

There is one race that won’t be certified by the Board, the proposed Constitutional Amendment known as Marsy’s Law.

A lawsuit claimed the ballot language was unconstitutionally vague. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ordered that results of the vote not be certified until after appeals are exhausted.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court agreed to directly hear the case, bypassing the Court of Appeals, with oral arguments scheduled for Feb. 8, 2019.

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