Northern Kentucky features state's first recounts in 16 years

06/10/2010 02:36 PM

A pair of close Republican primaries for county judge-executive in Northern Kentucky have led to the first recounts since 1994.

The recount in Boone County — where unofficial results from the May 18 primary showed incumbent Gary Moore ahead of challenger Cathy Flaig ahead by 74 votes — began at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

And Steve Pendrey was certified as the winner in Campbell County after Kevin Sell withdrew his request for a full recount after a recount of a key sample revealed the results would be virtually unchanged, the Kentucky Enquirer’s Kevin Kelly reported.

Secretary of State Trey Grayson told cn|2 Politics on Thursday that the main reason for the long gap between recounts was because Kentucky only recently returned to using paper ballots after using electronic voting systems across most of the state for more than a decade.

Another reason: the cost. Candidates who request a recount must pay for it.

Less formal re-canvasses haven’t revealed widespread problems with vote counts in recent years. So candidates have been less willing to foot the bill for a potentially expensive and several-day-long process of a recount if it was unlikely to change the results.

And so far, Kentucky’s voting machines have proven to collect fairly accurate counts on Election Day, Grayson said.

“I want the vote count on Election Day to be confirmed by the recount. But if it’s not, the good thing is we have the ability to go back and check it,” he said.

Here’s Grayson’s full explanation of the recount situation:

- Video produced by Holly Thompson with reporting by Ryan Alessi


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