Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Officials disagree on election recounts

Thornburgh against automatic provision

January 17, 2001


— Gov. Bill Graves and Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh don't agree on whether Kansas law should require a recount in some general election races.

Graves proposed requiring recounts in elections in which the winner's margin is less than 0.5 percent, including statewide contests.

Thornburgh told the Senate Elections and Local Government Committee Tuesday that he doesn't think an automatic recount law is necessary.

Committee members didn't know quite what to make of the disagreement especially because Thornburgh's staff is helping Graves' staff draft the governor's proposal.

"I haven't figured that one out," said Sen. Rip Gooch, D-Wichita.

Thornburgh outlined an "Election Improvement Plan." It includes better training and changes in laws on intimidating voters, as occurred in last year's elections, and trading votes.

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