Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2008

Johnson County 6th District race still in limbo

November 6, 2008

The 6th District Johnson County Commission race remains officially partially counted and it could be Wednesday before the county election office issues final results.

Unofficial election results the Johnson County Election Office released Tuesday night, show Calvin Hayden, De Soto, with a 52-vote lead over two-term incumbent John Toplikar, Olathe, 17,632 to 17,580.

Sarah Horn, election system manager for the Johnson County Election Office, said still uncounted were provisional ballots cast Tuesday. Election office workers are going through the stack of provisional ballots filled out in the county on Election Day in preparation for an official canvas Monday by members of the Johnson County Commission. At that time, it will be determined which of the provisional ballots would count, she said.

Some election office employees would be working Veterans’ Day, but Horn said she didn’t know if final election results would be available before Wednesday.

“County offices are technically not open Tuesday, but we’re going to do everything possible to put this election to bed,” she said.

A candidate can only request a recount after the final official results with provisional ballots are certified, Horn said. Unlike some states, there is no provision for an automatic recount no matter how close the final results, she said.

A candidate can request a recount of machines only or request an all-inclusive recount of machines and provisional ballots, Horn said. There is a difference in cost.

A candidate requesting a recount must but up money, which is returned if the result is overturned. But Horn said there wasn’t much chance of that.

“When we do recounts its very unusual for results to change,” she said. “When they do, it’s not by very much.”

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