The Finney County Commission on Monday approved 151 out of 270 provisional ballots, approving another 25 as partial and denying 94.
Out of the 151, 100 were from voters who had moved within Finney County and not updated their address, and 10 who had issues with mailed advanced ballots. Another 18 involved clerical errors that were not the fault of the voter, 14 were from voters who had not updated their registration after obtaining a legal name change, four were from voters who did not appear in the poll book at their polling place but were registered, three were mailed ballots received Thursday with unreadable postmarks and two were from voters whose online registration could not be verified until after Election Day.
Of the 25 ballots approved as partial, 22 were from voters who had submitted ballots from an incorrect or unknown precinct and three who had voted in the wrong precinct.
Of the 94 denied ballots, 66 were from voters who were not registered, three that voted in the wrong precinct, 19 were from voters who were registered in other counties, three were mailed ballots with postmarks after Election Day, one was from a voter who did not provide photo ID, one was from a voter whose online registration could not be verified and four were held in a suspense status due to incomplete voter registration applications.
Finney County Clerk Dori Munyan said the clerk’s office had attempted to contact those with incomplete applications, but some did not have updated information and could not be reached. The applications were corrected when the voters submitted their provisional ballots, Munyan said, but the voters were not validly registered by the general election’s deadline.
All commissioners voted in favor of denying the ballots with incomplete applications, except Commissioner Bill Clifford, who said voters probably believed they were registered by the deadline and deserved a vote.
Commissioner Duane Drees also offered a lone dissenting vote, but on the commission’s decision to approve mailed ballots that arrived to the clerk’s office in time with unreadable postmarks. The other commissioners, all of whom were present, decided to count the votes after inspecting the Wichita and Kansas City postmarks and discussing how long it would take votes to come in from those locations.
The issues with the postmarks were not the voters’ fault, Drees said, but still affected a state statute-dictated requirement.
Munyan said the final election results should be posted Monday.
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