2011 Kentucky Revised Statutes
Download pdf117.275 Counting and certification of votes -- Return of keys and machines -Return of ballot box, ballot stubs, spoiled, and unvoted ballots -- Authorized
representatives and news media representatives to witness vote count.
At the count of the votes in any precinct, any candidate or slate of candidates and
any representatives to witness and check the count of the votes therein, who are
authorized to be appointed as is provided in subsection (9) of this section, shall be
admitted and be permitted to be present and witness the count.
As soon as the polls are closed, and the last voter has voted, the judges shall
immediately lock and seal the voting equipment so that the voting and counting
mechanism will be prevented from operation, and they shall sign a certificate
(a) That the voting equipment has been locked against voting and sealed;
(b) The number of voters, as shown on the public counters;
(c) The number registered on the protective or accumulative counter or device, if
(d) The number or other designation of the voting equipment, which certificate
shall be returned by the judges of election to the officials authorized by law to
receive it. The judges shall compare the number of voters, as shown by the
counter of the voting equipment, with the number of those who have voted as
shown by the protective or accumulative counter or device, if any.
Where voting equipment is used which does not print the candidates' names along
with the total votes received on a general return sheet or record for that equipment,
the procedure to be followed shall be as follows:
(a) The judges, in the presence of the representatives mentioned in subsection (1)
of this section, if any, and of all other persons who may be lawfully within the
polling place, shall give full view of all the counter numbers;
(b) The judges shall enter, in ink, the total votes cast for each candidate, and slate
of candidates, and for and against each question on the return sheets; and
(c) Each precinct election officer shall sign the return sheets, and a copy of the
return sheets shall be posted on the precinct door.
Where voting equipment is used that prints the candidates' names along with the
total votes received on a return sheet or record for that equipment, the precinct
election officers shall sign the return sheets or record for the voting equipment,
which shall be posted on the door of the precinct.
If any officer shall decline to sign the return sheets, he or she shall state the reason
in writing, and a copy thereof, signed by the officer, shall be enclosed with the
Each of the return sheets, if applicable, and the record of the voting equipment shall
be enclosed in an envelope. One (1) copy of the return sheets, if applicable, one (1)
copy of the record of the voting equipment, and the write-in roll, if any write-in
votes were cast in the precinct, shall be directed to the county board of elections of
the county in which the election is being held. One (1) copy of the return sheets or
record of the voting equipment shall be given to the county clerk of the county in
which the election is being held and to each of the local governing bodies of the two
(2) dominant political parties, but a local governing body of a dominant political
party may decline a copy of the precinct election return by filing a written
declination with the county board of elections prior to the election, and upon this
declination, a printed copy shall not be issued to the political party so declining. The
declination on file shall be effective for that election and any subsequent elections
until revoked by the local governing body of a dominant political party by filing a
written revocation with the county board of elections. The envelope shall have
endorsed thereon a certificate of the election officers, stating the number of the
machine, the precinct where it has been used, the number on the seal, and the
number on the protective or accumulative counter or device at the close of the polls.
(7) Following the tabulation of all votes cast in the election, including absentee votes
and write-in votes, the county board shall mail a copy of the precinct-by-precinct
summary of the tabulation sheets showing the results from each precinct to the State
Board of Elections and the county clerk shall mail or deliver the precinct signature
rosters from each precinct to the State Board of Elections during the period
established by KRS 117.355(3).
(8) As soon as possible after the completion of the count, the two (2) judges shall return
to the county board of elections the keys to the voting machine received and
receipted for by them, and the county clerk in which the precinct is located shall
have the voting machine properly boxed or securely covered and removed to a
proper and secure place of storage.
(9) In primaries, each candidate, slate of candidates, or group of candidates may
designate to the county board of elections a representative to witness and check the
vote count. In regular elections, the governing authority of each political party, each
candidate for member of board of education, nonpartisan candidate, independent
candidate, or independent ticket may designate a representative to the county board
of elections to witness and check the vote count. The county board of elections shall
authorize representatives of the news media to witness the vote count.
(10) If supplemental paper ballots have been approved, as provided in KRS 118.215,
after the polls are closed, the two (2) judges shall return to the county clerk's office
the locked ballot box, all ballot stubs, spoiled ballots, and unvoted ballots at the
same time as the tabulation of votes from the voting machine is delivered. The
county clerk shall issue a receipt for the number of ballot stubs, unvoted ballots,
spoiled ballots and the ballot box.
(11) The county board of elections, or its designee, shall count and tally the paper ballots
manually or with the use of tabulating equipment which does not involve an
additional voting system. The results of the vote tally shall be certified by the
county board of elections to the county clerk and to the Secretary of State.
(12) The county board of elections shall authorize the candidates, slates of candidates, or
their representatives, and representatives of the news media to be present during the
counting of the paper ballots.
(13) Except as otherwise required in this chapter that certain records and papers relating
to specified elections be retained for twenty-two (22) months, the county clerk shall
retain the voted paper ballots for twenty-two (22) months and the unvoted paper
ballots for sixty (60) days after each election day, after which time they shall be
destroyed in a manner to render them unreadable by the county board of elections if
no contest or recount action has been filed.
Effective: July 15, 2010
History: Amended 2010 Ky. Acts ch. 176, sec. 8, effective July 15, 2010. -- Amended
2008 Ky. Acts ch. 79, sec. 5, effective July 15, 2008; and ch. 129, sec. 4, effective
July 15, 2008. -- Amended 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 122, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. -Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 288, sec. 36, effective July 14, 1992. -- Amended 1990
Ky. Acts ch. 48, sec. 30, effective July 13, 1990. -- Amended 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 470,
sec. 15, effective July 15, 1986. -- Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 14, sec. 1, effective
July 15, 1980. -- Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 384, sec. 249, effective June 17, 1978.
-- Amended 1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 1, sec. 9, effective March 19, 1977.
-- Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 1, effective June 19, 1976. -- Created 1974
Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 41, effective June 21, 1974.
Legislative Research Commission Note (7/15/2008). A reference to "subsection (7)" in
subsection (1) of this statute has been changed in codification to "subsection (6)."
2008 Ky. Acts ch. 129, sec. 4, deleted a subsection from this statue, resulting in the
renumbering of subsequent subsections, but did not make the necessary change to the
internal reference in subsection (1). This oversight has been corrected by the Reviser
of Statutes under the authority of KRS 7.136(1).
Legislative Research Commission Note (7/15/2008). This section was amended by
2008 Ky. Acts chs. 79 and 129, which are in conflict. Under KRS 446.250, Acts
ch. 129, which was last enacted by the General Assembly, prevails.
CHAPTER 117 REGULATION OF ELECTIONS
117.275 Counting and certification of votes -- Return of keys and machines -- Return of ballot box, ballot stubs, spoiled, and unvoted ballots -- Authorized representatives and news media representatives to witness vote count.
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