Vote totals in Kentucky’s 6th District U.S. House race will be rechecked for accuracy next week. The recanvass is being sought by the man who appears to have lost his first bid for public office.
Tuesday night, Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler declared victory over Republican challenger Andy Barr, but because the race was so close, Barr refused to concede. Only 644 votes separate the men. Now, Barr wants a recanvass, or second check, of all votes cast in the 16-county district. Les Fugate of the Secretary of State’s office says the recanvass will be conducted on Friday, November 12th.
“You take the cartridges from the voting machine. Take them back to that central tabulation system. Put the cartridge in that system and it aggregates the totals for the entire county,” he says.
The 12th is also the deadline for Barr to seek a recount of all votes. That’s a much more involved process that could last months and cost Barr’s campaign thousands of dollars.