No election contest filed: Deadline today

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UPDATE: Since printing this article, John Montgomery filed an election contest suit against Dr. Charles Hardin and the Magoffin County Board of Elections Thursday evening. The Independent will report details of the contest as soon as they are released.

SALYERSVILLE - As of Wednesday, no filings have been made for an election contest.

Many expect a contest to be filed in the Magoffin County judge executive race, where Incumbent Magoffin County Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin (D) retained his seat, winning over John Montgomery (R), with 3,281 votes to Montgomery’s 3,253. Montgomery swept 10 of the 14 precincts, just as he did four years ago, however, Hardin held Bloomington, Johnson Fork, Flat Fork and Bayes, as well as the absentees, in order to gain his 28-vote lead. 

On Thursday, November 13, a recanvass was held, with the exact same results found as Election night.

By law, the deadline to file for a recount is 10 days after the election, which would have been Friday, November 14. A petition contesting the election must be filed within 30 days after the election and requires the candidate to have received at least 25 percent of the number of votes cast for the successful candidate for the office. That gives the potential petitioner until the end of the day today, Thursday, December 4.

The Independent will report filings contesting the election, if any are made.