Stealing the Jim Glenn one-vote election

Image of the ballot in question, as tweeted out by Adam Beam of the AP
Image of the ballot in question, as tweeted out by Adam Beam of the AP

If you saw a ballot where the straight-party box was partially colored in, but then a line was drawn through the party name and the rest of the box, and the voter proceeded to cast votes in individual races, what would you conclude?

Any reasonable person, looking at that ballot, would assume that the voter changed their mind about voting straight party, and instead decided to cast votes in the races they cared about. And to leave blank the races they weren’t sure about.

And then, if the local board of elections decided to not count that ballot in the House race, because there was no vote on the ballot in that race, any reasonable person would say that was the right thing to do.

So if, after all of that had transpired, lawyers for the opponent pressured the local board to change its mind, and asked the local county attorney to weigh in, and members of the board of elections said later they felt pressured to change their ruling, and after much pressure and discussion they DID change their ruling – what would a reasonable person call THAT?

Most Kentuckians would call it election stealing.

Look at that ballot (image at the top). Would YOU count that as a vote for the Republican, D.J. Johnson, even though there was no vote cast in that race for either him or Jim Glenn? Would YOU say the vote intended to cast BOTH a straight ticket AND a series of votes?

No, of course not. Because you are both reasonable and honorable.

But apparently, both reason and honor go out the window when you have a chance to steal a seat, and turn out a duly elected and already-sworn-in state representative.

And it looks like that is exactly what the Republicans are about to do.

If this result is allowed to stand, and the Republicans in the House use it to throw Jim Glenn out of his seat, the entire state must call it what it is: election stealing.


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.