Archive for Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Jenkins still 2nd District primary winner after vote review in Shawnee County

In a press conference in her office Wednesday afternoon, Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley said the new results from Shawnee County did not change the winners of Tuesday's primary election.

August 6, 2008, 10:15 a.m. Updated August 6, 2008, 5:03 p.m.


Human error causes vote counting delay

Human error is to blame for more than 4000 primary votes to be counted a day late in Shawnee County. Enlarge video

Jenkins wins primary

Lynn Jenkins did come out on top, tallying nearly 1400 votes more than Jim Ryun. Enlarge video

Election 2008

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A review of votes in Shawnee County Wednesday did not change the result of the 2nd Congressional District Republican Party primary: Lynn Jenkins won.

Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley discovered a data entry error had thrown off the vote totals in about 40 of the county's 198 precincts.

With Jenkins and former Congressman Jim Ryun locked in a tight contest, the outcome of the contest was up in the air for a few hours.

But after a re-examination of the votes, Jenkins increased her lead in Shawnee County.

"We're moving on," Jenkins said.

She will now face U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, in the November general election.

In unofficial results posted by the Kansas Secretary of State's office early Wednesday, Jenkins defeated Ryun 32,240 to 31,233, a difference of 1,007 votes.

But Ensley found out Wednesday morning that in precincts where ballots were cast by soldiers serving overseas, their numbers were put in the wrong column, which kept more than 4,400 votes of those using optical scanner ballots from being counted.

After those were counted, Jenkins' 8,873 votes in Shawnee County increased to 10,535 votes, and Ryun's 7,005 votes increased to 8,293 votes.

Statewide, the final tally was 33,907 for Jenkins and 32,528 for Ryun.


Richard Heckler 9 years, 10 months ago

Ryun working behind the scenes for he cannot accept NO!

twaldaisy 9 years, 10 months ago

Voting mistakes seem to be the only way republicans can win.

topekadem1 9 years, 10 months ago

The Shawnee county election officer, as are all in Kansas, is appointed by the Secretary of State, a Republican. Elizabeth Ensley, a Republican, is the election officer and has always been fair and forthcoming in all matters. As a local Democrat, I am confident Ms. Ensley will get this corrected and a final result published. The Shawnee County voting system is one of the best, but human error can make things frustrating.

BigDog 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't see this changing anything unless optical scanner kicked only Jim Ryun votes out. Jenkins carried Shawnee County by a decent margin.

hail2oldku 9 years, 10 months ago

I won't believe any of it until Kathryn Harris gives us a full report.

Fort_Aubrey 9 years, 10 months ago

gnome: She is a Republican, and a former employee of the Secretary of States office. She is a forward thinking and good election official.Being a good official, she got on top of this problem instantly, unlike our Previous DG County Clerk, who was nearly the state slowest with releasing unofficial results which still contained huge errors.Our hunger for "instant results" feeds a climate that allows for mistakes. NO, not like Florida. But mistakes can and will happen. The first objective will be to assure the integrity of the election, and Ms. Ensley will do that.

mcontrary 9 years, 10 months ago

Democrats have so many problems in Florida because Repubicans run the polling sites.

penguin 9 years, 10 months ago

I am hoping that someone is breaking out a calculator at this news conference with the sheets she has handed out. It is clear from the news conference that she will not give totals in the changes of votes in Shawnee Co for 2nd Congressional District. She said it does not change the results in Shawnee Co for county offices...but couldn't someone just have given the raw totals for SHCO for 2nd Congressional District?

Fort_Aubrey 9 years, 10 months ago

Unrelated but worthy of sharing-----I thought I would go look to see if I could find a current photo of Kathryn Harris's big huge head. I had no luck. But I did find a couple of youtubes that are pretty darn entertaining:An interview on Fox: her lobby a fellow congressperson.

ronwell_dobbs 9 years, 10 months ago

Ryun and Kline to form supergroup? They've got nothing but time on their hands. Details at 11.

BigPrune 9 years, 10 months ago

Ryun wins! Ryun wins! Ryun wins!ha, ha!

XEPCT 9 years, 10 months ago

bearded_gnome ..."demorat districts" ... "topeka ks" ... laughable!Welcome to Kansas! Douglas and Wyandotte are where your "rats" live. Everyone else is on your side!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

well,as I wrote the post below, there's an update: no new winners. -->thanks FA, 63BC et al. glad to know the elections officer in Shawnee co is so reliable. and yes, where the trouble was in florida, the demorats were in charge of those counties! that's why I wondered, and topeka certainly has lots of dems, many of whom do not work for profit entities, but rather work for the state, nonprofits, schools/colleges, etc. yes, big seemed a long shot. now, remember, Boyda stormed out on the generals, disrespecting them, while they reported good news from iraq. good news from iraq is apparently bad news for dems. that should tell you a lot about her, and the democrats.i do have to give her credit on one thing: fighting mexican trucks/truckers driving freely on our roads. but this is far from enough to recommend her for reelection! and, remember, she protested the attack on afghanistan just after 9-11!

Fort_Aubrey 9 years, 10 months ago

I would like to see a current picture of Kathyrn Harris, just to see if the cosmetics are still holding up.

penguin 9 years, 10 months ago

I just checked the Secretary of State's website and the totals are updated:Jenkins 33907Ryun 32528 it appears the lead even grew a bit.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 10 months ago

Republicans need Jenkins... she has a good chance at beating Boyda... on the other hand, Ryun has no chance... he will do worse than he did in 2006...

heysoos 9 years, 10 months ago

Does Ryun's late-night concession come into play?

BigDog 9 years, 10 months ago

In Topeka, they have press conferences for everything. I wouldn't breathe too much life into it.There are other smaller races that it may impact because vote totals were 100 votes or less difference but I doubt it has any impact on Jenkins/Ryun race.

Fort_Aubrey 9 years, 10 months ago

And the election officer did not try to sweep anything under the rug, or blame the equipment or some poor poll worker. She deserves credit for getting on top of this quickly.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 10 months ago

being topeka, I wonder if this official is a demorat???***hey Jim Ryun, come on down! this is great news. why is it so often in demorat districts there's more election abnormalities: palm beach fl; king co. wash; topeka ks?"

63BC 9 years, 10 months ago

Actually, noThe Florida counties with the biggest problems in 2000 were all controlled by Democratic County Commissions and election officers: Palm Beach, Miami/Dade and Broward.The infamous "butterfly ballot" was designed by a Democratic Election Commissioner, approved by a majority Democratic County Commission and unchallenged by either campaign when printed in the county paper of record prior to the election.Further, the decisions not to switch from outdated punch card voting systems were made by these same Democratic county officials who viewed other things as higher priorities.Thems the facts...

Jeff Zamrzla 9 years, 10 months ago

Elizabeth Ensley is an appointed official. She is a Republican, as are all county election officials. They are appointed by the Secretary of State, who is a republic. The office of SOS matters people, wake up!

Mike Blur 9 years, 10 months ago

Ensley is an appointee of Republican Gov. Bill Graves. Bearded Groan, keep cashing those welfare checks while you bray against them damn liberals.Tune into 580 Radio, they are all over the event. Apparently, votes that were kicked out by the optical scanner were hand-tabulated--and those hand tabulations were no counted.

BigDog 9 years, 10 months ago

XEPCTlike it or not ... Topeka's represented in the Kansas Senate with 2 of 3 being Democrat at the moment .... and State Representatives are about 50/50Shawnee County overall is more Republican leaning

Bob Forer 9 years, 10 months ago

In the words of Tricky Dick, looks like we won't be having Jim Ryun to kick around anymore.

BigPrune 9 years, 10 months ago

My previous post declaring Ryun the winner was just a joke. ha, ha!Glad to fire some of you up this afternoon.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 10 months ago

TheSychophantof course... Nixon won two presidential elections after saying that...

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