HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin ...

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:44 PM

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin won't concede the election. What happens next?

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin won’t concede the election. What happens next?
BY DANIEL DESROCHERS
NOVEMBER 06, 2019 10:54 AM, UPDATED 48 MINUTES AGO
....

“I think the count is close enough that his team is going to look into if there’s anything they can use to contest the election,” said Josh Douglas, an elections law professor at the University of Kentucky. “The fact that he refused to concede tonight wasn’t surprising given the small lead Beshear had.”

The next step in the process would be a recanvass, which is basically a check to make sure the vote totals from each machine in every county were accurately recorded. Bevin has seven days after the election, until November 12, to request a recanvass. ... It’s extremely unlikely a recanvass would change vote totals by more than a few votes. ... “Recanvasses hardly ever shift vote totals,” Douglas said. “You’re talking about maybe a couple of votes statewide.”

After a recanvass, things get more complicated quickly. The State Board of Elections has until November 25th to certify the election, basically declaring that the results in all 120 counties are accurate. If Beshear is the winner when they certify the results, he can be inaugurated as the 63rd governor of Kentucky on Dec. 10. ... Section 73 of the Kentucky Constitution says the inauguration of a governor must take place on the fifth Tuesday following the election.

That doesn’t mean Bevin can’t still challenge the results. According to state law, he would have 30 days after the election is certified to file an election contest with the Kentucky General Assembly. In order to seek a recount of votes, Bevin would have to contest the election. ... If he contests the election, lawmakers would form a committee of 11 randomly selected members of the General Assembly — eight from the House of Representatives and three from the Senate. The committee could take depositions, order a recount of votes, and make a recommendation to the full legislature.

The General Assembly would then sit in a joint session and decide the outcome. If lawmakers decided to vacate the election after Beshear is inaugurated, it would create a vacancy in the governor’s office that would either be filled by Senate President Robert Stivers if the Senate is in session or Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron if it is not, according to Douglas.

Election contests in the governor’s race are extremely rare. The last one was in 1899, when Democrat William Goebel won the election over Republican William S. Taylor because the General Assembly invalidated enough Republican votes to give Goebel the office.

Goebel was assassinated days later.
....

13 replies, 925 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 13 replies Author Time Post
Reply Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin won't concede the election. What happens next? (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 6 OP
DBoon Nov 6 #1
customerserviceguy Nov 6 #2
lagomorph777 Nov 6 #6
customerserviceguy Nov 6 #9
lagomorph777 Nov 6 #11
California_Republic Nov 6 #3
sandensea Nov 6 #4
lagomorph777 Nov 6 #7
sandensea Nov 6 #10
kickitup Nov 6 #5
MosheFeingold Nov 6 #8
kimbutgar Nov 6 #12
appalachiablue Nov 6 #13

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:47 PM

1. Bevin holds his breath until he turns purple?

A temper tantrum by a loser doe not invalidate election results certified by the Secretary of State.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:51 PM

2. Bevin's campaign finds a judge

to order a recount. Maybe even it can be done by hand, but shouldn't take more than a week.

I participated in the 2004 recount vote for governor in Washington State. The county auditor told me it might take a few days, but it only took the major part of one day. My group found an extra vote for the Democratic candidate that the machine had missed.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:03 PM

6. Looks like KY is mostly vapor-voting; no recount is possible

Looks like a bit of a Russiapublican miscalculation there.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:03 PM

9. You can still verify

the sum of precinct totals, but I guess that's about it. One thing I haven't heard mention of are absentee or military ballots.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:30 PM

11. i.e. you can ask the machines to repeat whatever errors they made the first time.

That's not a recount.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:51 PM

3. There's no legal requirement to concede

There’s no legal requirement to concede

The new governor is the new governor

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to California_Republic (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:58 PM

4. Exactomundo.

And I for one would love to see Bevin dragged from the governor's mansion, kicking and screaming, by the ears.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to sandensea (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:03 PM

7. By the ears or any convenient appendage.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:14 PM

10. *snort*

If they can find it!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:01 PM

5. The General Assembly is not going to overturn this election. Bevin simply wouldn't be worth it.

He is a despised governor and I have watched my conservative friends and neighbors twist themselves into knots as they reasoned out why they should vote for the Democrat instead. If the General Assembly discounted their voting process I think some of them would take guns and march on Frankfort.

I am not kidding. These people are mad as hell over how Bevin treated the teachers because everybody here has at least one teacher in their family.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to kickitup (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:21 PM

8. I think they will

And the attorney general elect will be governor.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:58 PM

12. Sore loser

Beshear should point out that bevin a sore loser.

He lost get over it because you can bet that Bevin would tell Beshear that if he lost.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:37 PM

13. Bring back dueling

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread