Thousands of write-ins on Johnson County ballots will delay updated totals in Kobach-Colyer race until Tuesday afternoon

first_imgObservers representing Gov. Jeff Colyer and Sec. of State Kris Kobach sat in the front row of the crowded canvass meeting at the Johnson County Election Office this morning.Kansans will have to wait until 4 p.m. Tuesday to find out how Johnson County’s official election results will change the angles in the neck-and-neck race between Kris Kobach and Jeff Colyer for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.The canvass board, which is made up of the board of county commissioners and the county administrator, agreed this morning to recess until tomorrow to give the election office time to tally 1,451 provisional ballots as well as more than 10,000 write in votes that have to be counted by hand.Former Kansas GOP director Clay Barker, now a special assistant to Gov. Jeff Colyer, and Olathe Rep. Erin Davis observed the canvass meeting on behalf of Colyer’s campaign.Many of those write-in votes come in the bottom-of-the-ballot precinct committeeman and committeewoman races that determine the official party representatives for each of the county’s more than 1,000 precincts.With just 110 votes separating Kobach and Colyer in the count currently posted on the Kansas Secretary of State’s website — Kobach leads Colyer 127,211 to 127,101 — Johnson County’s provisional vote totals could easily swing the GOP election one way or the other.Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker told the canvass board Monday that his office had reviewed 2,349 challenged and provisional ballots cast in Tuesday’s election and received through the mail. Of those, his office recommended counting 1,176 in their entirety and parts of 275 additional ballots.The 1,176 figure included 57 unaffiliated voters who were incorrectly instructed by poll workers to cast provisional ballot. Under state law, unaffiliated voters are permitted to declare for a party at their polling location and cast a standard ballot for that party. Metsker said the issue was caused by a poll worker’s error, and that the problem was limited to a single voting site.Most of the ballots in the partial category had votes disqualified because the ballots were cast at the wrong polling place and the voter was therefore not eligible to participate in certain local elections. The votes cast for statewide or federal office on those ballots, however, were approved for consideration in the official total results.Attorney Keith Mark observed the canvass meeting for the Kobach campaign.Metsker also recommended the complete disqualification of 898 ballots, which were deemed invalid for a variety of reasons. Two hundred seventy two of the ballots were eliminated because the voter had not changed party affiliations properly and had therefore cast a ballot for a party primary where they were not registered. Another 219 ballots were eliminated because the election office determined the voter wasn’t registered at all. And 153 of the ballots were eliminated because the election office determined that the signature on the envelope on a mail-in ballot did not match the signature of a voter that the election office had on file. Metsker said election workers undergo extensive training to be able to determine whether signatures are a match or not.Prior to the board recessing, District 6 commissioner Mike Brown asked Metsker and county attorney Don Jarrett about instructions the Kansas Secretary of State’s office had issued over the weekend about how certain types of challenged or provisional ballots should be processed by election officials.Brown asked Jarrett whether the instructions Johnson County had received were “definitive” with “little or no ambiguity.”Jarrett responded that “We do have to interpret and look at it. And we have done that.”“Would it be fair to say that there are 105 counties that are interpreting this in a direction and way that they choose?” Brown asked.Jarrett said he thought it would be relatively consistent, but that there could be variance in interpretations of how to proceed in certain situations.“Conformity is important to me,” Brown said, shaking his head.last_img read more

Webb cruises to 9-shot victory in Nichirei golf

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Karrie Webb shot an unfashionable 1-over-par 73 in troublesome winds Sunday but still impressed the Japan LPGA field with her dominance in women’s golf with a nine-stroke victory at the Nichirei Cup World Ladies tournament.Webb, who pulled away from the field with a record third round of 64, posted her first victory in Japan with a tournament-record 12-under 276 at Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club and earned the winner’s check of 10.8 million yen out of the 60 million yen purse.center_img The 25-year-old Australian, the runaway money leader on the U.S. LPGA Tour with four wins in her six tournaments this year, struggled to cope with blustery conditions and carded just one birdie against two bogeys on a day when only seven players broke par.“I ran out of birdies after yesterday’s round. I was focused on maintaining my lead and I wanted to match par in such strong winds,” said Webb, who regretted her bogey on the 18th hole that followed a bogey at No. 5 and a birdie at No. 14.Webb said the victory was her first in four visits to Japan and added to the ever-expanding collection of trophies she had won in Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States.Yuri Fudo and Junko Yasui, who both began the day eight shots behind playing partner Webb, were unable to gain any ground with 74s and finished tied for second place at 3-under 285.Ayako Okamoto closed with a 72 for her first top-10 finish in four tournament appearances this year, sharing fourth place with fellow tour veteran Nayoko Yoshikawa, who had a 73. ‘Jet’ ends droughtTateo “Jet” Ozaki closed with a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday to claim his first Japanese tour title in seven years with a one-stroke victory in the Fujisankei Classic golf tournament.Ozaki carded three birdies and a pair of bogeys on the Kawana Hotel’s par-71 links in Shizuoka Prefecture to edge Taiwan’s Yeh Chang-ting and Nobuhito Sato with a 6-under total of 278.Ozaki, 46, the second of the three golfing Ozaki brothers, earned 22 million yen for the 15th championship of his 24 years on the Japanese tour and his first since the 1993 Taylor-Made KSB Open.Teeing off in a three-way tie for the lead, Ozaki was steady over the front nine with a single birdie to make the turn with the lead at 6-under.Twice on the inward trek Ozaki improved to 7-under for a two-shot cushion, giving the strokes back with bogeys, including one on No. 17. With victory at hand, Ozaki played the final hole safe, two-putting for par and the win.Yeh birdied the 14th and 16th holes on his way to a 69 after an up-and-down final round to move into the tie for second with Sato.Sato, starting three strokes off the pace, jump-started his charge with an eagle on the 481-yard fourth hole. last_img read more

Player reveals he wanted Everton exit as early as March –…

first_imgKevin Mirallas spent the last season on loan at Fiorentina from Everton. As a part of the agreement between the two clubs, the Serie A side had an option to make the 32-year-old’s temporary stay permanent after the end of the last campaign.However, Fiorentina decided against signing the Belgian on a permanent transfer, which forced him to return to Goodison Park.The Toffees terminated his contract in August, which allowed him to join Antwerp on a free transfer in the summer.During an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, the player revealed he made a decision to leave Everton and return to his homeland well before the summer. He also admitted to have rejected lucrative offers from elsewhere to return to Belgium.“After fifteen years it was time to return. My wife and son in particular had a harder time with it. Every time changing schools and starting from scratch started to weigh, Juan always asked about his nephews,” he said.Embed from Getty Images“I had offers from Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar in the summer…. I have earned enough money. I already told my agent in March that I wanted to return to Belgium.”Mirallas’ dream was to return to Standard Liège, but they couldn’t complete his deal. In the end, he decided to join Antwerp, despite having offers from Club Brugge and Anderlecht.“If I could choose one club, it was Standard, yes. It could have been, but they immediately made it clear that Mpoku or Carcela had to leave first, and that didn’t happen,” Mirallas explained. “Especially a pity for my family, which is full of Standard fans. I myself chose the club that contacted me first, in April-May. Luciano D’Onofrio absolutely wanted me. ““We had an agreement for ten days – nobody knew that – but it took time to finalize everything with Everton. Of course, after that defeat to AZ, I could have cancelled everything.  When I arrived at the club, they were very happy.” “Club Brugge also contacted my agent, that’s right. He said to me: ‘They want to meet you tomorrow and show the new facilities’. But in the morning, it turned out that there was still no agreement with Everton – that was 8 million early – and that we had to wait until the clubs were out.”“Vincent Kompany has called me several times. But it was also impossible for Anderlecht to pay that price. Finally, I waited until I could have my contract dissolved and signed as a free player at Antwerp.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題Undolast_img read more