State law gives the legislature the power to resolve state House and Senate elections that are contested.
Kentucky’s Democratic House Caucus is using the particular statute giving the legislature power to resolve the Mike Weaver-Tim Moore race. We hear through the grapevine that major vote fraud has occurred (beyond what has been reported by the press) and that Moore will not be seated in the House. No matter what.
But the Kentucky Democratic Party is either wholly disconnected from reality or is a fan of looking like hypocrites because it’s pushing for a recount in Kathy Groob’s losing race.
The brewing legal fight could be over whether Groob can call for a recount.
State law says that candidates for most offices can ask for a recount within 10 days of the election. But it doesn’t specifically outline a procedure for candidates for state legislature.
The reason appears to be that the state statutes throw contested legislative elections into the House or the Senate because the state Constitution gives them the authority to determine their own membership.
Deputy Secretary of State Les Fugate won’t get drawn into that fight, saying only that “qualified candidates” have 10 days after the election to request a recount. He refuses to say if Groob is a “qualified candidate.”
The Democratic Party believes the recount is allowed by law but that the state statute imposing a 10-day deadline to request that recount doesn’t apply to legislative races.
So the House Caucus follows the law and the KDP wants to ignore it for convenience. Usually, when an organization as prominent as a state political party chooses to ignore the law, it’s able to tell us why, right? Or in this case, tell us how long a candidate has to ask for a recount?
Yeah, not so much:
Party spokesman Thom Karmik said he doesn’t know what the deadline for legislative races would be.