Daily Archives: Aug. 9, 2010

Butler County commission race outcome changes after ballots counted

While provisional ballots didn’t affect the outcome of Sedgwick County races (except one for precinct committeewoman), they did in Butler County.

Provisional ballots led to a tie in the Republican primary for the District 5 seat on the Butler County commission. Incumbent Daniel Woydziak had had 891 votes, and challenger Steve Scholtz had collected 895 before provisional ballots were considered and tallied.

They tied at 902 votes each, and canvassers tossed a coin to determine the race. Woydziak won.

Brownback to speak to Wichita Independent Business Association luncheon on Tuesday

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, the Republican nominee for governor, discuss the impact of federal legislation on local business on Tuesday at the Wichita Independent Business Association.

Brownback is scheduled to attend the luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wichita Area Association of Realtors Conference Center, 170 W. Dewey, Wichita.

Brownback is running against Democrat state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, in the November election.

Kansas to get $11.2 million check from Washington for passing primary seatbelt law

Seat belt user Sarah Palin

Seatbelt user Sarah Palin

Kansas will get $11.2 million in federal aid Tuesday for passing the primary seat-belt law during this year’s legislative session.

Ronald Medford, deputy administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, will present the check to Gov. Mark Parkinson in a ceremony at a Topeka road maintenance yard, the governor’s office said.

The money represents a financial incentive from the federal government to encourage states to pass a primary seatbelt law.

The funding is provided under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, also known as SAFETEA-LU.

A primary seatbelt law allows police to stop motorists who are not — or whose passengers are not — belted in.

Under previous Kansas law, officers could only write a ticket for nonuse of seatbelts when stopping the car for another violation of traffic law.

Violators of the new seatbelt law will be liable to pay a $10 fine.

Parkinson signed the new legislation on May 27.

Results of District 4 county commission Democratic primary hold

After officials tallied provisional votes, the result of the Sedgwick County commission District 4 Democratic primary remains the same with Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau winning.

Sedgwick County’s election canvassers voted Monday to count about 820 of 1,200 provisional ballots. The extra votes widened the spread between Faust-Goudeau and Sharon Fearey by nine votes. Faust-Goudeau won by 69 votes after provisional ballots were counted.

Election canvassers to reconvene at 3 p.m. to tally new vote totals

Sedgwick County election canvassers will reconvene at 3 p.m. today after provisional votes are counted to announce new vote totals from last week’s primaries.

Of about 1,200 provisional votes, the canvass board voted to count about 820, or about 60 percent.

Those included ballots from people who went to the wrong polling place, requested an advance ballot in person but showed up to vote, had moved within the county but hadn’t updated their voter registration, were unaffiliated but wanted to vote in the Republican primary, had changed their names or changed their name and moved.

Canvassers did not count votes from people who were registered with a party but wanted to vote in the other party’s primary, not registered or had moved out of the county or voted twice by advance ballot.

Election results aren’t expected to change because provisional ballots generally follow the overall voting trend.

Election commissioner recommends counting 820 of 1,200 provisional votes

Sedgwick County election commissioner Bill Gale is recommending canvassers count 820 of 1,200 provisional ballots cast in last week’s primaries.

That represents about 60 percent of questionable votes.

Reasons a vote may be provisional are that a voter went to the wrong polling place or had moved and not updated their registration.

This morning’s canvass is not expected to change the outcome of any results.