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Election results remain the same

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Recanvass results say Bennett, Jantzen still finished behind

By John Friedlein

jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com

On Friday, two recanvasses from this month’s election produced the same result: Nothing changed.

Bill Bennett remained 19 votes shy of making it onto the Elizabethtown City Council. And Dalton Jantzen — a Republican challenger in the 27th district state House race, still finished behind Democrat Jeff Greer, who represents a small portion of Hardin County.

At the candidates’ request, the Hardin County Clerk’s Office compared tallies on paper tapes to election night readings from voting machine cartridges.

Several recanvasses of close races are common after each election, County Clerk Kenny Tabb said. He also said he doesn’t know of a recent example when the two readings differed. A recanvass isn’t as involved as a recount.

Tabb read a long list of numbers from the tapes as another county worker typed them into a spread sheet projected on a screen. The process took about an hour.

Tony Bishop came in sixth in the race for one of six council seats. Bennett was seventh. Bishop said the recanvass was part of the election process to make sure everything was done correctly.

“I didn’t have a problem with it,” he said.

Bennett could not be reached for comment Friday. He campaigned for fiscal responsibility and called on local residents to vote against incumbents.

Jantzen finished 148 votes behind Greer in the district, which includes areas of Bullitt and Meade counties.

A recanvass of that race at the Meade County Clerk’s Office showed the same result as the one on election night, an official there said.

The same was the case in Bullitt County, according to The Courier-Journal in Louisville.

John Friedlein can be reached at (270) 505-1746.