Gov. Matt Bevin says KY has ‘history of voter fraud,’ asks for recanvass of vote totals

Updated: Nov. 6, 2019 at 5:24 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX19/AP) - Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s campaign asking for a recanvass of vote totals that show him losing his reelection bid.

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office confirmed the request Wednesday afternoon.

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Current and outgoing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she forwarded the request to the State Board of Elections and reminded them of the recanvass procedures.

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“Integrity in our elections processes is crucial, and Kentuckians deserve to know that their votes are properly counted and tabulated," Grimes said.

Bevin held a press conference Wednesday evening at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort about why he’s calling for the recanvassing to be done.

“There’s a history of voter fraud in our state. We know there have been thousands of absentee ballots that have been illegally counted... reports of people incorrectly turned away,” he said.

Officials say the county boards of elections will convene Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. to conduct the recanvass.

They say once the recanvass is complete, the county boards of elections will file their recanvass reports with the secretary of state.

The request seeks a recanvass of all precincts in all Kentucky counties.

Unofficial vote totals currently show Bevin 5,189 votes behind his opponent, current Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

“This is critical. This is an American issue, a concern and we’ve seen it come up time and time again. We’ll get to the bottom of it. In the end, the right results will be delivered,” Bevin said.

Campaign manager for Beshear, Eric Hyers, said a recanvassing has never changed the result of an election in the state.

“Last night, the people of Kentucky elected Andy Beshear as their next governor. Today, Governor-Elect Beshear is already working on his transition so that he can best serve the people of Kentucky on day one. We hope that Matt Bevin honors the results of the recanvass, which will show he received fewer votes than Andy Beshear. As has been reported, a ‘recanvassing has never changed the result of a Kentucky election.’”

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Wednesday morning, Beshear held a press conference moving forward with the unofficial vote totals that show him as the winner of the gubernatorial race.

He along with running-mate Jacqueline Coleman announced the first member of their transition team during an event at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

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