By Bobbie Poynter
It took less than an hour for Knox County Clerk Mike Corey and the Knox County Election Board to finish re-canvassing the votes for the state’s gubernatorial and Commissioner of Agriculture’s races.
Donna House, president of the Laurel County Republican Women, sat in on Thursday morning’s re-canvass at the Knox County courthouse and left satisfied with the results.
“This is the first time I’ve been through something like this,” said House. “Everything went very well. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. It was a real learning experience for me.”
Besides the election board, also sitting in as a witness to the recount was Knox County PVA and Democratic Chairman Bill Oxendine.
Once again, the county clerk’s office proved that they do it right the first time.
To guarantee the count was accurate, the county clerk first verified that every one of the 61 voting machines were accounted for. Then, in front of the board and attending witnesses, Corey began calling off the vote count from each and every machine.
As expected, at the end of the re-canvass, not one single Knox County vote was changed.
“I never expected the outcome to be anything more than just what it was,” said Corey. “My staff and our election officers always do the very best job, and I have absolute faith that whatever they report to me is accurate.”
According to Secretary of State Alison Lundgergen Grimes, the state-wide re-canvass revealed no changes, and the results of the original primary election remains the same. Matt Bevin kept his 83-vote lead over James Comer. There were no substantial changes in the Richard Heath-Ryan Quarles either. At the end of the re-canvass, Heath still trailed Quarles by 1,400 votes.