Recount for McCracken County Clerk race completed

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 20th, 3:00 p.m.

The recount in the contested McCracken County Clerk race was completed Thursday afternoon with Julie Griggs winning over her opponent Becky Bowers by a difference of 155 votes. The total during the recount was 11,748 to 11,593 compared to the November 4th election results, 11,777 to 11,628. Bowers petitioned for a recount after losing, citing encouragement from her supporters to do so.

Day one of the recount of ballots in the contested McCracken County Clerk’s race ended Monday with an expectation of those involved that the recount would be completed Tuesday afternoon.

Julie Griggs won the November 4 race against challenger Becky Bowers by 149 votes, 11,777 to 11,628. Bowers then filed for a recount.

Harp Enterprises is handling the recount and also provided the computerized systems used during the election. Before the recount began Wednesday morning Circuit Court Clerk Glenda Ransom alerted Judge Kaltenbach that two additional ballot boxes were discovered that needed to be added to the recount process.

“Everyone involved has been wonderful. I’ve been very happy with the entire process. Harp is doing a great -fast- job,” Becky Bowers said.

At the end of the day Monday Bowers said 22 of the 54 ballot boxes remained to be recounted. Bowers wouldn’t say whether she felt confident the recount was in her favor.

“Anything would be speculation at this point,” Bowers added. “I expect we’ll have finished counting the rest of the ballots (Tuesday) night.”

Once the ballots in each box are recounted, a tallied printout is given to Griggs, Bowers and Judge Kaltenbach.

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