County finalizes election results, provisional count

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Commission finalized the 2013 city and school board general election results Monday, approving the counting of 47 provisional ballots as part of the official election canvass.

The 47 were among 69 provisional ballots cast county-wide during last Tuesday’s municipal and school board voting. The ballots gave Debbie Nuss and Rich Jankovich 21 more votes each, with Karen McCulloh and Bob Strawn each receiving 20. Usha Reddi received 15 and John Ball received 14.

Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo said that much of the county has a misconception about the provisional ballots. “Most people think they aren’t going to be counted,” Vargo said. “But actually we count around 60 to 70 percent each election.”

The ballots that weren’t counted were discarded because voters were not registered, didn’t have the appropriate identification or voted once on the electronic machine and then changed to a paper ballot.

Commissioner Dave Lewis asked Vargo about the two people whose provisional ballots were thrown out due to not having identification, and whether the county had issues with those not having the correct documents.

“People anticipated it would cause a problem, but we’ve literally had almost no problem,” Vargo said.

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