After a highly contested race, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is refusing to concede his seat.
The race has been called for Democrat Andy Beshear. Bevins cites “irregularities” in the voting process. He has stated that he will not step down until there has been a recount.
At press time Beshear had 49.2 percent of the vote and Bevins had 48.9 percent, John Hicks the Libertarian candidate had 2.0 percent of the votes.
In Kentucky, there are three options to resolve election irregularities: a recanvass, a recount, and an election contest. All of the candidates have until a week after the election to file a recanvassing request with the Secretary of State.
“If a recanvassing happens, the county election boards will recheck each machine and report the figure back to the county clerk. Members of both parties are allowed to present during recanvassing procedures,” reports Fox News.
In order for there to be a recount, the challenging candidate has to file with the Franklin County Circuit Court by November 13 to request a recount. The challenger has to cover all of the costs associated with the recount and a judge will be appointed to manage the recount procedure. The votes have to be recounted both digitally and paper. The judge’s decision is final, however, an appeal could be filed with the Kentucky Court of Appeals or the Kentucky Supreme Court.
It is most likely that Bevins will contest the election. He will have to specify the grounds for his action. Bevins has already claimed “corruption,” He would have to petition the Franklin Circuit Court within 10 days.
It is unclear what path Bevins will take, but what is clear he will not graciously admit defeat and move on.