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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Commission chooses third canvasser to certify ballots

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

MOUND CITY – Before starting the election canvass on Monday, Aug. 15, Linn County Clerk David Lamb updated the board of canvassers about the election results and recounts in Kansas.

The commissioners, Danny McCullough and Rick James, voted to make Zoning Administrator Darin Wilson the third canvasser since Commission Chair Jim Johnson was absent from the meeting.

The canvassers went over the results of the precincts that were audited and then learned about the write-in votes.

Lamb told the commissioners that there had been a pile of write-in votes. He reported to the commissioners that while many of the write-in names were fictitious, several people had received enough write-in votes to be put on the November ballot.

Wanda Whitcomb received 15 write-ins for clerk of Centerville Township. Charla Holt, a registered Democrat, received enough write-in votes in both the Democrat and Republican primaries to be on the fall ballot for Liberty Township clerk. She had to turn down one set of votes and declined the Republican votes.

Larry Holt, a registered Democrat, received enough write-in votes for Mound City Township clerk on the Republican ballot to be put on the ballot in November as a Republican.

Tom Patterson received enough write-ins to be put on the November ballot for Valley Township clerk. Joyce Hazelbaker received enough votes to be the nominee for Potosi Township clerk.

Robin Spencer received enough votes to be precinct committee woman in South Potosi. Brian Bloomfield received enough votes for Sheridan Township clerk to go on to the general election.

After accepting the results of the audit, the board of canvassers went over to the courthouse where 98 provisional ballots were opened. Lamb had said that 58 of the provisional ballots should be counted. Forty-one were address changes, six name changes, five poll worker errors, and one voted at the poll rather than using the ballot that was sent to them. It was verified that the advance ballot was not returned.

Lamb recommended that 17 of the provisional ballots be partially counted. Two voters had insisted on voting on a party’s ballot even though they were not registered as having an affiliation with that party.

Fifteen were not affiliated with a party and were given a specific party ballot. So, for all of the 17, only their vote for the constitutional amendment could be counted since it was not connected with a specific party.

Twenty-eight of the ballots were not counted. Twenty-five of those voters were not registered, two were registered in another county, and one did not provide a photo ID. That person had the option of bringing in their photo ID before the canvass started but did not. The canvassers approved the election abstract.

Lamb told the county commissioners that Linn County State Senator Caryn Tyson had chosen to have votes recounted but not statewide so Linn County did not have to do that recount.

Lamb did say that Linn County might be included in a statewide recount on the constitutional amendment if the people asking for the recount came up with the money to pay for it by 5 p.m. on Monday.

A special meeting was set up for the board of canvassers to meet Friday, August 19, at 8 a.m. if the county had to do the recount for the constitutional amendment.

Lamb said that Assistant Election Officer Morgan Northcutt did have two boards set up to count that vote if necessary. If funded, the recount vote would be due at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Lamb was notified later on Monday afternoon that Linn County would not be involved in the recount for the constitutional amendment.

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