JoCo results in: Kobach barely defeats Colyer in GOP governor primary

August 08, 2018 - 5:01 am
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More than 12 hours after the polls closed, Johnson County finished its processing of votes, revealing the winners of two key races in Kansas.

Kris Kobach is the unofficial winner in the Republican primary for governor, besting Gov. Jeff Colyer by fewer than 200 votes. There were more than 240,000 votes cast between the two men. 

Democrat Sharice Davids defeated Brent Welder in the primary race for U.S. House District 3. Davids won the right to face incumbent Kevin Yoder, who easily won his Republican primary. 

The Johnson County Election Office was plagued by complaints all night, brought on by slow election results that forced workers to put in more than 24 hours without sleep. 

The key problem, according to Election Commissioner Ronnie Metzker, was slow processing from USB drives that contained results from each machine. Vote tallies were uploaded onto drives in various precincts, then delivered to the election office in Olathe. 

"We're very sad that it's taken so long to bring this report forward, but the accuracy we can count on," Metzker said.

Technicians were sent to Olathe to correct problems with new voting machines that cost the county more than $10-million.

"We have the experts, the technicians, the very best technicians, by the manufacturer, are here with us," Metzker said.

Metzker said all problems with the new touchscreen machines would be resolved before the November 6 general election.

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