Election 2018

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Kansas is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to handling its elections, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kansas was ranked 48th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how it performed in the 2016 elections.

The main factor that pushed Kansas so low was the high number of provisional ballots — about 3 percent in 2016 compared to the national average of about 1 percent.

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A Republican candidate for the Sedgwick County Commission is requesting a recount of last week’s primary votes.

Shortly after the Board of Canvassers certified election results Tuesday, Hugh Nicks turned in the paperwork to start recount proceedings in his race against Commissioner Richard Ranzau. The two faced each other in the Republican primary for the commission's 4th District seat.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers met Monday amid a heightened sense of scrutiny following last week’s primary election.

More than 1,300 provisional and disputed votes were accepted and will be added to the final vote results this week. About 900 ballots were tossed out for a number of reasons: In some cases voters didn’t sign their envelopes before mailing the ballot back in, or they weren’t registered in Sedgwick County.

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County election officials across Kansas on Monday will begin deciding which provisional ballots from last week's primary election will count toward the final official vote totals, with the possibility that they could create a new leader in the hotly contested Republican race for governor.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach led Gov. Jeff Colyer by a mere 110 votes out more than 313,000 cast as of Friday evening . That was after late mail-in ballots were added to totals from absentee voting and ballots cast at the polls Tuesday.

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When the head of the Kansas Republican Party had agreed to speak to the Wichita Pachyderm Club Friday about looking ahead to the general election, he wasn't expecting the party to still be lacking a candidate for Governor.

"And it doesn't look like we're going to have one anytime soon," said Jim Joice, the executive director for the Kansas Republican Party.

"But that's alright," Joice said. "That's not going to slow us down."

(This story has been updated to reflect new developments.)

On Wednesday, the contenders in the Republican race for governor pledged to back the ultimate winner and to make sure their photo-finish primary wouldn’t stall any general election campaign push.

Come Thursday, incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer made clear that he thought his opponent and state election overseer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was exactly the wrong guy to be certifying the results.

As of Thursday, the Republican primary for Kansas governor was a long way from being decided.

The Republican race for governor looks destined for a recount.

Out of more than 300,000 votes cast in the GOP race, unofficial final results showed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tallying 191 more votes than incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The winner will face state Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka, who locked down the Democractic nomination with a convincing win on Tuesday. They will likely be joined by independent candidate Greg Orman.

LaRissa Lawrie / KMUW

Tuesday’s primaries set up a rematch in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.

After facing each other in last year’s close special election, Rep. Ron Estes and James Thompson will once again be on the ballot in the general election in November.

LaRissa Lawrie / KMUW

Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau is one step closer to a third term.

Voters elected Ranzau over challenger Hugh Nicks in the Republican primary for the 4th District seat Tuesday.

Ranzau was trailing in a close race against Nicks for most of the night. In the end, he edged Nicks by 87 votes. Ranzau received 51 percent of the vote to Nicks’ 49 percent.

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