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Democratic primary recanvass shows no change in outcome

Clinton still unofficial winner

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2016) — A statewide recanvass of the votes conducted in the May 17 Democratic Presidential primary election showed no change in the outcome of the election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today.

Pursuant to a request from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, each of Kentucky’s 120 county boards of elections convened at 9 a.m. today to recheck and recanvass each voting machine. The results were certified to the Secretary of State’s office.

“I’m grateful to our county boards of elections for their work today. Their efforts help ensure confidence in the Primary Election results for both candidates and the electorate,” said Grimes. “The recanvass results did not alter the outcome of the election.”

According to both previously reported vote totals and the recanvass results, Hillary Clinton received more votes than Sanders in the Democratic primary.

On election night, unofficial results indicated that Clinton led Sanders by a margin of 1,924 votes. Counties later certified and reported results to the Secretary of State’s office as required by law, showing a difference of 1,911 votes with 212,534 votes for Clinton and 210,623 votes for Sanders. The 13-vote difference was due to provisional votes, and a discrepancy in absentee ballot totals in two counties. Today’s recanvass results are consistent with the totals certified to the Secretary of State’s office last week as required by law.

Per Kentucky law, the results of the recanvass shall become the official returns of each county. County-by-county results of the recanvasses are available at the Kentucky elections one-stop site, GoVoteKY.com.

A recanvass was also conducted in a tight race in the Republican primary for State Senate, 33rd District. John Yuen, who requested the recanvass, trailed his opponent, Shenita Rickman, by 38 votes. The recanvass did not change the results and outcome of the primary.

Grimes, chair of the State Board of Elections, has called a meeting of the State Board of Elections on May 31 to certify the results of the Primary Election. All vote totals remain unofficial until the board issues certificates of nomination next week.