49th Dist. election results will first be certified before Belcher can return to the legislature

02/21/2018 05:03 PM

On Tuesday, Democratic candidate Linda Belcher, of Shepherdsville, won back her seat in convincing fashion in the special election, but before she can return to Frankfort the election results will first need to be certified.

With around 15 percent turnout in the Bullitt County 49th District special election, Belcher brought in 68 percent of the vote against Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson.

The State Board of Elections will now meet to certify the results. The Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Frankfort. After the election is certified, Belcher will receive of certificate of election and then she is eligible to return to the General Assembly.

At that point it’s up to the House to swear-in Belcher, and seat her as a member of the House of Representatives. An email sent to acting House Speaker David Osborne’s office, about how soon they would seat Belcher was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

Johnson has claimed voter fraud. In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, Johnson said she looks forward to winning the General Election in November. Johnson will also compete in May 22 primary against Republican

“Hopefully any polling discrepancies will be fixed by then. The local GOP, and Republican Party of Kentucky are looking into it,” Johnson said in a Facebook post.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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