Run-Off Election Provision Bill Introduced

The crowded governor’s race has prompted more proposed legislation this session.

Representative Rick Nelson has introduced a bill related to the run-off election provision. The Middlesboro Democrat proposes, if no candidate for the governor’s race garners 40 percent of the vote in the May Primary, the top two finishers would face off again five weeks later.

Nelson’s bill would require the state to cover the $5 million in costs, counties would have to pay to set up voting machines, tabulate results and train poll workers.

Nelson and other lawmakers have said their main concern is the cost. There are seven Democrats on the gubernatorial ticket, three on the Republican.