Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

If you've ever been tempted to think that your vote really doesn't matter, please refrain from that thought. The State House election in Owensboro was decided by one vote and it's the heart of a controversy as the legislature convened last week. Jim Glenn garnered 6,319 votes, while his Republican opponent DJ Johnson had 6,318 votes cast in his favor.  Johnson has filed for a recount but it's being contested by Democrats like State Rep. Derrick Graham who've charged that the race is being stolen. It's certainly high drama but the polemics that politicians are toying with aren't helpful. Filing for a recount is the responsible thing to do. And in this case, it looks like the 17 absentee ballots that were cast for Johnson but not counted, will work in his favor.