Ky. official to back bill stopping ‘frivolous’ recount offers

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams said he would support legislation to only allow recount requests from candidates who are within one percentage point of the winner.

Adams spoke out after at least six losing Republican candidates from Kentucky’s primary election in May filed petitions demanding a formal vote recount, including two who lost by 36 percentage points and more than 2,000 votes , reported the Courier Journal.

Adams, a Republican, called several of the recount demands “frivolous.”

The common thread between the five recount petitioners, Adams said, is that these candidates ran on a “freedom” platform of anti-establishment distrust of the government, “but there is really nothing freedom or libertarianism in what they do.

“Before, the Conservatives were against wasting taxpayers’ resources,” he added.

Under a 2021 law, the loss margin threshold for a candidate to request a re-solicitation is less than 1 percentage point. No such threshold margin exists under Kentucky law for a candidate to request a recount — a more laborious process requiring a recount of ballot totals, at the petitioners’ expense.

Adams said he would support legislation in next year’s legislative session to use the same 1% eligibility threshold for recounts and require candidates to go through the recanvas process first.

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