'This is a fairly straightforward process': Political science professor talks recanvass

Published: Nov. 7, 2019 at 4:14 PM EST
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Thursday, November 14 marks the start of the recanvass of Kentucky's governor's race.

Right now, Governor Matt Bevin trails his challenger and presumptive Governor-elect Andy Beshear.

"We are not conceding this race by any means. Not a chance," said Gov. Bevin.

As a result of his announcement on election night, a recanvass is set to take place to determine the possibility of irregularities in the way Kentucky voted.

"This is a fairly straightforward process. Mostly electronic. It ought to go pretty quickly and it's fairly reliable," said Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky Stephen Voss.

Both of the men who ran are not unfamiliar to close races.

"We've had close elections. We've had closer elections than this one. Indeed the last two close elections were when Governor Bevin won the Republican primary in 2015 and then when Andy Beshear won the Attorney General race in 2015," said Voss.

The recanvass is part of the checks and balances system to make sure that the election was legitimate and there are no votes left uncounted, or incorrectly counted.

"I mean if you look at this like what you check with a recount, where you go vote by vote and look for some systematic error, then yea, 5,000 seems like a lot," said Voss.

Now, as we await the results of that recanvas, Voss believes Gov. Bevin is within his rights but will not see the returns he is hoping for.

"I'm on the one hand saying it's reasonable for Governor Bevin and the Republicans to call for this check but, at the same time, I'm saying the chance they'll be happy with this outcome is pretty low because the system is pretty reliable," said Voss.

Secretary of State Allison Lundgeran Grimes says the county boards of elections will meet on Thursday, November 14 to check and make sure the vote totals from each machine were recorded accurately. County clerks say it is a simple process that takes about an hour to do.

"The machines themselves tell you the numbers. We followed protocol, everything was done correctly. But there’s always a chance which is why there’s this recanvass," one clerk said.