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Johnson County won't count some disputed Kansas ballots

August 13, 2018 - 9:19 pm

The top election official in Kansas' most populous county says they are not counting some 35 provisional ballots where the unaffiliated voter did not complete a party affiliation declaration on Election Day.

How to handle such ballots in Johnson County and across the state has emerged on the first day of canvassing as the most contentious issue in the razor-thin race for the Republican nomination for governor.

A legal opinion issued Monday by the governor's top attorney took issue with the guidance issued by the person Kobach appointed to oversee vote counters after he recused himself.

Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker has told election officials that provisional ballots cast by such voters should not be counted — a guidance Johnson County apparently appears to be following.

The results for the state's two largest counties will not be finished until Tuesday.

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