2011 Kentucky Revised Statutes
Download pdf120.195 Contest of election of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or General
No application to contest the election of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or
member of the General Assembly shall be heard unless written notice, signed by the
party contesting, is given. The notice shall state the grounds of the contest, and none
other shall afterwards be heard as coming from that party, but the contestee may
make defense without giving counternotice.
In the case of the Governor or Lieutenant Governor, the notice shall be given within
thirty (30) days after the final action of the State Board of Elections. In the case of a
member of the General Assembly, the notice shall be given within fifteen (15) days
after the final action of the county board of elections or the State Board of
Elections, whichever canvasses the returns.
Immediately after the notice, either party may proceed to take proof by depositions,
under the same rules and regulations that govern the taking of depositions in actions
in equity, except that no commission shall be required for taking a deposition out of
the state. The depositions shall be sealed up by the officer taking them, and directed
to the clerk of the Senate or clerk of the House, as the case may require. The
depositions properly taken shall be read as evidence before the board or branch of
the General Assembly having jurisdiction of the case, and the board or branch may
call for and hear other proof. The taking of depositions to be used before a board or
branch of the General Assembly shall close ten (10) days before the next meeting of
the General Assembly, or, if in session when the notice is given, when the taking is
ordered to close.
The costs of the proceeding shall be adjudged against the unsuccessful party, and a
certificate thereof shall be given by the clerk of the Senate or the clerk of the House,
as the case requires. A judgment for the costs may be obtained after five (5) days'
notice in a Circuit Court.
Effective: July 14, 1992
History: Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 288, sec. 55, effective July 14, 1992. -- Amended
1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 14, sec. 138, effective January 2, 1978. -Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 167.
CHAPTER 120 ELECTION CONTESTS
120.195 Contest of election of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or General Assembly member.
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