Politics & Government

Recanvass scheduled in GOP secretary of state race

FRANKFORT — A recanvass of votes cast in Tuesday's Republican primary election for secretary of state between Bill Johnson and Hilda Legg will be held May 26.

Legg, a consultant former executive director of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, requested the recanvass by county boards of election in the closest race of Tuesday's primary. Johnson, a Todd County businessman and teacher, defeated Legg by 1,097 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

The recanvass will be conducted in each county Thursday at 9 a.m. local time, the secretary-of-state's office said Friday.

A recanvass is a retabulation of totals from each voting machine. If a recanvass is conducted and Legg still believes there was an error or problem with the vote totals, she can petition for a recount, a more costly and time-consuming process that Legg's campaign would have to fund.

The State Board of Elections is scheduled to meet June 6 to certify the results of the 2011 primary election.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Lexington lawyer who beat incumbent Elaine Walker in Tuesday's Democratic primary.