House lawmaker who lost by 5 votes plans to ask for recount

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GRAYSON, Ky. (KT) – A Kentucky Republican lawmaker who lost her House seat by only five votes is planning to ask for a recount.


State Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, told The Daily Independent in Ashland last week that despite the recanvass reviews that didn’t change the narrow margin in the 96th District seat against Democrat Kathy Hinkle, she wanted to “move forward with an actual recount.”


The Lawrence and Carter County clerk’s offices performed the recanvass last week at the request of the Secretary of State’s office and it did not turn up any new votes, the newspaper reported.


York had not officially filed for the recount as of Thursday afternoon but said she was in the process. She said she was not surprised that the vote results were the same at Thursday’s recanvass.


“I know the diligence our poll workers and our clerks take in constructing our election process ... I have complete faith that they have done everything correctly,” she said, adding that she is aware there is a great reliance on paper ballots.


In order to insure every lawful vote is counted accurately a recount is needed, she said.


Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe said a recount has never been issued in the county within his past 16 years of serving. “It’s all new territory to me,” he said.


Jacob Dotson, a spokesperson for Hinkle’s campaign, gave The Daily Independent the following statement:


“While we have not been notified of a recount, the results of the recanvass show that the vote tally remains the exact same. The people of Carter and Lawrence counties have spoken and we respect their decision. Our team has full confidence in the process and we look forward to serving the 96th district in Frankfort.”

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