Kansas’ elections director says the state will go together with a request for a hand recount of votes from each county after final week’s decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights, though there was a 165,000-vote distinction and a recount received’t change the consequence.
Melissa Leavitt, of Colby in far western Kansas, requested the recount and declined to remark to reporters Friday night, citing work obligations. But she mentioned on a web based website elevating funds for a recount that she had “seen data” in regards to the election. Her submit was no more particular, and there no proof of serious issues with the election.
Baseless election conspiracies have circulated extensively within the U.S., notably amongst supporters of former President Donald Trump, who has repeated false claims that he misplaced the 2020 election by way of fraud.
Kansas legislation requires Leavitt to submit a bond to cowl your complete price of the recount. Bryan Caskey, state elections director for the Kansas secretary of state’s workplace, mentioned it might be the primary recount of the votes on a statewide poll query in at the least 30 years.
Caskey mentioned the work received’t start with out a assure that Leavitt can cowl the price.
“Normally, they reinforce the Election Day results,” Caskey mentioned about recounts. “We stand by the results and will do the recount.”
Also in search of a recount is state Sen. Caryn Tyson, who’s trailing state Rep. Steven Johnson within the Republican main for state treasurer by about 400 votes out of almost 434,000 solid. She is asking for a hand recount in about half the state’s 105 counties.
Voters final week rejected a proposed modification to the Kansas Constitution that may have allowed the conservative, Republican-controlled Legislature to additional prohibit or ban abortion. It failed by 18 proportion factors.
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