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117.305 Recanvass of votes -- Test of machines -- Candidates and representatives of political parties and news media to observe recanvass -- Forms for reporting <br>recanvassed vote -- Administrative regulations for recanvass procedures. (1) The canvass and returns provided for in KRS 117.275 shall constitute the official returns of the precinct, unless before 4 p.m. on the Tuesday following a primary or <br>regular election, or before 4 p.m. on the day following a special election held for the <br>purpose of filling a vacancy, the county clerk or county board of elections takes <br>notice of a discrepancy in the tally of votes cast in any precinct or number of <br>precincts, or a candidate makes a written request to the county board of elections in <br>the case of a candidate who has filed with the county clerk, or the Secretary of State <br>in the case of a candidate who has filed with the Secretary of State, to check and <br>recanvass the voting machines and absentee ballots of any precinct or any number <br>of precincts involving his race. After this time period has elapsed and notice is <br>taken, the county election board shall assemble at 9 a.m. on the Thursday following <br>the filing deadline to request a recanvass, and not sooner, and recheck and recanvass <br>each machine and make a proper return thereof to the county clerk, and the canvass <br>and return shall become the official returns for the election. In making the <br>recanvass, the board shall make a record of the number of the seal upon the voting <br>machine and, without unlocking the machine against voting, recanvass the vote cast <br>thereon. If, after a recanvass, it is found that the original canvass of the returns has <br>been correctly made from the machine, and that there still remains a discrepancy <br>unaccounted for, this discrepancy shall be noted. If, upon recanvass, it appears that <br>the original canvass of the returns by the election officers was incorrect, the returns <br>and all papers being prepared by the board shall be corrected accordingly. The <br>county board of elections shall, immediately upon receipt of a request for a <br>recanvass, notify each candidate for the office of the time and place of the <br>recanvass. At the recanvass, each political party represented on the board may <br>appoint a representative there to be its governing body, and also each candidate to <br>be voted for may be present, either in person or by a representative or both. The <br>county board of elections shall authorize representatives of the news media to <br>observe the recanvass of the votes cast on the voting machine in each precinct. <br>Nothing in this section shall prohibit an individual from requesting, in addition to a <br>recanvass, a recount as authorized by KRS Chapter 120. (2) The State Board of Elections shall prescribe forms to be used by county boards of election to report all recanvassed votes. The form shall include the following <br>information: <br>(a) The name of the county in which the recanvass was conducted; <br>(b) The date of the report; <br>(c) The date of the election; <br>(d) The office for which the recanvass was conducted; <br>(e) The names of each candidate for the office being recanvassed; and (f) The machine votes, absentee votes, and vote totals for each candidate, as well as write-in votes cast in a regular or special election for candidates whose <br>names did not appear on the ballot. The report shall be signed by each member of the county board of elections. (3) The county board of elections shall file its recanvass report as prescribed in administrative regulations promulgated by the State Board of Elections in <br>conformity with KRS Chapter 13A. (4) The State Board of Elections shall promulgate administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A to establish the proper procedures for <br>conducting a recanvass for each type of voting system approved by the State Board <br>of Elections and in use in Kentucky. Effective: July 14, 2000 <br>History: Amended 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 494, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. -- Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 296, sec. 5, effective July 14, 1992; and ch. 421, sec. 1, effective <br>July 14, 1992. -- Amended 1990 Ky. Acts ch. 48, sec. 51, effective July 13, 1990. -- <br>Amended 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 470, sec. 16, effective July 15, 1986. -- Amended 1982 <br>Ky. Acts ch. 268, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1982; and ch. 394, sec. 17, effective July <br>15, 1982. -- Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 384, sec. 250, effective June 17, 1978. -- <br>Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 2, effective June 19, 1976. -- Created 1974 Ky. <br>Acts ch. 130, sec. 44, effective June 21, 1974.