Coin Toss Highlights Shawnee County Vote Canvass

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

The votes are official.

Shawnee County Commissioners met as the Board of Canvassers Monday morning at the elections office.

The Board considered 484 provisional ballots that were cast Tuesday. Of those, they decided to count 345 of them, which is 71-percent. The Board's job is to make sure there were no fraudulent votes and to make the final poll numbers official. The final tally put voter turnout at 31 percent.

Shawnee Co. Elections Commision Elizabeth Ensley says Tuesday's voting ended with ties for two precinct committee office. The provisional ballots broke one of the ties, but the other remained tied, so was decided by flipping a coin, per county rules. The winners of those two precinct races are Democrat Judith Scherff and Republican Jo Anna Mitchell.

Monday's certification follows Wednesday's revelation that more than 4000 ballots weren't counted as part of the results announced Tuesday night. Ensley says it was human error, a complete review was done, and no outcomes were changed once the additional votes were counted.

This was also the first election were county workers from other departments were re-assigned to assist at the polls. Ensley says it was nice to have the extra help.


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