GRAYSON State Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, has decided against filing for a recount against Kathy Hinkle, who beat York by a five-vote margin for the 96th District seat last month.
York said that from the beginning she and her campaign have been looking for any data that may show any sort of irregularity in election results that might indicate an error in the voting tally or a machine miscalculation. Friday morning she was provided with election materials from the Carter County Clerk for review, prompting her to make the decision to refrain from a recount.
“We did not necessarily see anything that would indicate that perhaps there was an under vote that needed scrutiny or something like that,” she said.
A press release from Hinkle’s campaign stated that Hinkle is pleased the election has reached its end and she is eager to begin working for the district.
“She joins the people of Carter and Lawrence counties in thanking Representative York for her service and devotion to our region. We wish Ms. York the best in her future endeavors and look forward to a smooth transition as we stand united for a better Kentucky,” the release continued.
York explained that pursuing a recount would have been a long and expensive process. She noted the point of looking into the recount has always been to ensure the due diligence she would expect from the county clerks and poll workers was there.
“I never really doubted that but you know machines make me nervous and we just wanted to make sure that we had a chance to review absolutely everything before we made a decision,” she said.
When asked if she would run for the 96th District in the future York said she wasn’t sure what would be decided down the road.
“I will never say never to opportunities to work for my community,” she added.
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