Grimes blames law for delay in certifying election results

Judge refuses to temporarily block new election-related law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s chief elections officer is blaming a new state law for causing a delay in the certification of statewide primary election results.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday the delay shows a lack of leadership at the State Board of Elections. The law, which she is challenging in court, removed much of her authority over the elections board.

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Grimes says her staff found more than 50 discrepancies in election results across 20 counties. The inconsistencies won’t change any outcomes of last month’s election.

The elections board delayed the certification on Tuesday and is set to meet again Friday.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. says it’s typical to have discrepancies prior to certification. He’s says the process is working because errors are being corrected.

He says it’s become an issue because some “gamesmanship” is occurring.