Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 25, 2014

Barren County Fiscal Court will spend $5,000 to rent voting machines

GLASGOW — Barren County Fiscal Court approved spending $5,000 Wednesday to rent voting machines for a July 22 local option election in Cave City to determine whether the city will allow package liquor sales.

The vote was unanimous among the magistrates present, with Chris Steward and Tommy Matthews absent, said Barren County Clerk Joanne London after the meeting. London said she must receive permission from the court for any expense more than $3,000.

London said five machines to scan paper ballots and three handicapped-accessible voting machines are needed for the Cave City election – one of each type for each of the two precincts; one of each type as backups and two e-scan machines for absentee voting.

The county owns the machines it uses in regular elections, but none of those are available because the results of the Democratic primary race for Barren County judge-executive is still in question. According to election-night tallies and subsequent recanvass and recount procedures, Micheal Hale won the race with 1,643 votes, while Bud Tarry received 1,640 and Steward received 1,627, with two other candidates significantly behind.

Steward contested the election, arguing that 27 mail-in absentee votes disqualified on election day May 20 should be counted. In a trial June 12, Barren Circuit Judge Phillip Patton upheld the election results and ruled that those 27 ballots were properly disqualified.

Steward's attorney, Matt Baker, filed notice Friday that he plans to appeal the decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

London said she was asked at the meeting whether the county's machines could be used if Steward's case is resolved by July 22. She answered that the ballots must be prepared and the machines programmed in advance of that date. In-person absentee voting begins July 8.

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