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Sedgwick County Board To Certify Provisional Ballots Next Week

Deborah Shaar
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The Sedgwick County Commission will make up the board that reviews and certifies the provisional ballots cast in Tuesday's primary election.

Sixty-three polling sites were open in Sedgwick County for Tuesday’s Primary Election, and unofficial results have been posted. Provisional ballots are now being researched, and the Board of Canvassers will certify those results next week.

The Board of Canvassers is made up of Sedgwick County commissioners, who will decide which votes will count. The county attorney attends and the election commissioner presents the ballots. Chief Deputy Election Commissioner for Sedgwick County Sandra Gritz says the provisional ballots, sealed in envelopes, are grouped by provisional reason.

"For example, if they requested an advance by mail ballot, but did not vote that advance by mail ballot and instead opted to go to the polls on election day and vote at the polls, then those ballots would all be grouped into one group and presented to the canvass," Gritz says.

The provisional ballots could be from some of the nearly 4200 Sedgwick County voters who registered at the DMV but didn't provide proof of citizenship. They were allowed to vote provisionally in all races due to a court ruling last Friday


Gritz says approximately 1300 provisional ballots were cast in Sedgwick County on Tuesday, on par with the 1,347 cast in the 2014 primary. 

The board will certify the results at the conclusion of the canvass. The canvassing board meets on Monday, Aug. 8, and the public is welcome to observe.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.