With budget vote looming, Democrats try to seat new members

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Democrats are trying to speed up the results of Tuesday’s special House elections so the newest members can vote on a proposed state budget next week.

Democrats have 50 members and Republicans have 46. It takes 51 votes to pass a budget. Democrats won three of the four special elections on Tuesday, giving them 53 members.

The State Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the results at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The new members can be sworn in immediately after that. But Stumbo said the House hopes to vote on the budget at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Stumbo has asked Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who leads the State Board of Elections, to certify the results on Friday. Grimes has yet to respond to Stumbo’s request.