Provisional votes make for long hours at Johnson County election office

August 14, 2018 - 6:32 am
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Tuesday afternoon Johnson County residents will find out the number of votes that are certified in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Before that, some 13,000 write-in ballots must be reviewed by two sets of eyes each, said Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County election commissioner.

The counting process is a long and tedious one. Employees worked 14 hours on Saturday, then returned for another 12 hours on Sunday.

On Monday Johnson County accepted close to 1,500 provisional ballots. The list includes 1,176 ballots that will be fully accepted and 275 that will only be accepted in part, because some voters were told incorrectly that they should fill out provisional ballots. Another 898 ballots will be disregarded for a variety of reasons.

The outcome of the vote in Kansas' largest county could determine the Republican nominee for governor, as only a razor-thin margin separates the leader, Secretary of State Kris Kobach from Gov. Jeff Colyer. 

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