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Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2012

Objection filed against Shawnee County vote

August 16, 2012

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— The unofficial winner of the GOP primary for the 52nd House District is objecting to a special vote scheduled after hundreds of voters were given incorrect ballots at a Topeka polling place.

Shanti Gandhi on Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Kris Kobach objecting to the vote scheduled Aug. 28 for more than 400 voters at the Light of the World Christian Church. An election judge unintentionally distributed the incorrect ballots on Aug. 7.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports unofficial results gave Gandhi 1,476 votes, compared with 1,431 for Dick Jones and 1,114 for Scott Hesse.

Gandhi said he didn't believe the canvassing board had the authority to rescind an election and schedule a new vote.

Kobach's office responded to Gandhi but would not release more information.

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