November 7, 2019 | Karen Hardin
On Tuesday night, the red state of Kentucky elected Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, narrowly defeating the incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin. In a very close gubernatorial race, Beshear nudged out Bevin by a mere 4500 votes. However, with voting discrepancies already filed in Louisville/Jefferson county, Bevin has not conceded the race, calling for a recount.
This race raises numerous questions, concerns, and points of prayer as we head into the upcoming elections of 2020. What happened affects every American even if we live outside of Kentucky.
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First, it is important to note that in the last fifty years there have been twelve governors in Kentucky. Of that, nine have been Democrats and only three have been Republican. An odd percentage for a state which CNN declares “one of the reddest states in the nation.”
Here’s the issue. In the majority of other races in Kentucky on Tuesday night, Republicans won. This includes the office of Attorney General, Auditor, Commissioner of Agriculture, Secretary of State, and Treasurer.
To date, eight states in the U.S. provide for straight-ticket voting. This enables a voter to select one political party’s complete slate of candidates for every office by making a single mark on his or her ballot. Kentucky is one of the eight states.
What does the option for straight-ticket voting signal? It is something the Democrats don’t like, which is why it is getting removed as an option in many states. For example, the use of straight ticket voting in Kentucky and Oklahoma has been part of the reason for the shift from predominantly Democratic to predominantly Republican elected officials. In Kentucky, in 2015, upwards of 40 percent of voters used the straight-ticket option.
The prevalence of straight-ticket options, and if the state is considered “one of the reddest in the nation,” and if such a high majority of other races were all won by Republicans on Tuesday night, it seems more than a bit unusual that the same voters who voted conservative in the other races would vote also for Beshear, who is noted for his support of gay marriage and medical marijuana.
Odds are, based on recent past elections, that many conservatives voted a straight-party ticket. Yet the results in the gubernatorial race do not necessarily reflect that. Our first prayer in this election is that any irregularities or illegalities, if there are any, would come to light.
Other areas of concern where we need to pray are in regards to the previous “calibration errors” with voting machines which have changed votes from Republican to Democrat in states such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, or the extra ballots that have suddenly appeared in recounts, most notably in Florida.
As the recount in Kentucky begins to determine whether Bevins or Beshear wins the seat, let us keep this state in our prayers. Let us also remember that these same areas of concern and prayer need to continue as we head into the 2020 election season. It may be a bumpy ride.
Areas in which to pray:
- Protection against voter fraud.
- Protection from malfunctions, intentional or otherwise, in voting machines.
- Protection from “stuffing” of the ballot box.
- Protection over the voting process so that only citizens can vote and can vote only once.
- Protection against attempts to vote under the names of deceased people.
- That any illegalities will be revealed.
- That any intimidation techniques at the voting precincts would be stopped.
Karen Hardin is an intercessor, author, minister, and literary agent. Her work has appeared on USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List, etc. For additional information, you can contact her at www.prioritypr.org or www.karenhardin.com.
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