GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- UPDATE 6/20/14 Despite saying he wouldn't, Dr. Chris Steward is appealing a judge's decision regarding the Barren County Judge Executive Primary election and absentee ballots.
May's election was very close. Michael hale won the democratic primary, beating Bud Tarry by only three votes, and Steward by 16.
Tarry asked for a recanvass, and Steward asked for a recount, but neither one changed the result.
On June 12th, A Barren County Judge said 27 absentee ballots could not be counted, because of issues like no signature or an unsealed envelope.
Today, Steward filed an appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
UPDATE 1:37 p.m.
Dr. Steward said he will not file an appeal of Judge Phil Patton's ruling to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
A judge's ruling won't change the outcome of the Barren County judge-executive democratic primary.
Barren County Circuit Judge Phillip Patton said 27 disputed absentee ballots won't be counted.
Thursday's ruling means that Michael Hale is still the democratic nominee and will represent the party in the general election in the fall.
"I was with the County Board of Elections when they rejected those 27 ballots. So, I've known all along. The statutes they've gone by in deciding to reject those. I knew they had been rejected properly," said Barren County Attorney Jeff Sharp.
There were mixed emotions from a day that was all about those 27 absentee ballots.
"Obviously I'm disappointed, but life's going to go on. I felt that I owed it to all the people that supported me so vigorously during this campaign to continue this to the very end," said Dr. Chris Steward, third place in Judge-Exec primary.
Patton ruled the County Clerk's Office and Election Board followed the law in throwing out the disputed ballots.
Michael Hale won the democratic primary on May 20th beating Bud Tarry by only three votes and Dr. Chris Steward by 16.
Tarry asked for a recanvass that didn't change anything,and Steward's recount didn't either because of the Judge's ruling.
"People 20, 30 years hence will probably little know and probably little remember the Judge-Executive on this particular date. It's important to me. It's important to my constituents, but as gauged through the really valuable things in life, it sinks into a sea of insignificance," said Steward.
This may not be the end of this case though. Steward has the right to appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, but he hasn't made a decision if he'll do that yet.
If Steward does choose to pursue an appeal, this would get fast-tracked to the appellate judges because people need to know the ballot for November.