Secretary of State Grayson explains what could come next in 6th District

11/03/2010 07:26 PM

During his appearance on Pure Politics Wednesday, Secretary of State Trey Grayson laid out the possible steps for checking the votes in the very close 6th Congressional District race between U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Andy Barr. Here are the steps:

  • First, the county clerks from the 16 counties in the 6th congressional district must certify the results. They are due Friday at noon.
  • After the results are certified, the losing candidate has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to file a request for a recanvass, which the clerks will have to do. That’s basically a rechecking of the math.
  • If requested, the recanvass would occur Friday Nov. 12, in which case the candidate could decide to ask for a recount — which the candidate would have to pay for.


Interesting fact: There have been four recounts in recent Kentucky history. Two of them came this spring in primaries for judge-executive posts in Northern Kentucky.

Only once has there been a recount in a congressional race, the 3rd congressional district in Louisville. That was 1994 when Republican Susan Stokes requested the ballots be checked after losing to Democrat Mike Ward. The margin there was 473 votes. The recount failed to change the outcome.

Grayson explains what will happen if Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr decides to press forward with a recanvass or, perhaps, a recount in the incredibly close 6th congressional district race.

Plus, Grayson offers his take on what Tuesday results meant:

- Ryan Alessi

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