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.

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