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Here’s why some Kansas counties will accept dozens of provisional ballots and others won’t

Source: 
Fox 4 News
Author: 
Pat McGonigle
Date: 
Monday, August 13, 2018

Unaffiliated voters are creating a new twist in tallying the votes of Kansas' primary election.

On August 13, dozens of Kansas counties began canvassing nearly 9,000 provisional ballots from the primary election earlier this month. Some of the more populous counties, like Johnson County, will not certify the provisional ballots to the total vote count until August 14.

The Johnson County Board of Canvassers recommended more than 1,400 of the provisional ballots should be added to the statewide totals. The board also recommended just under 900 should not count.

Mark Johnson, a local attorney who teaches election law at the University of Kansas, also believes the unaffiliated ballots should be added to the total. He suspects the discrepancies across Kansas counties suggest the disputed race could be headed for a court battle.

Johnson County officials will certify the provisional ballots and add them to the statewide count Tuesday, August 14 at 4 p.m. But then it's still far from over because Wyandotte County and some others don't canvass the votes until August 16.

Faculty name: 
Mark Johnson