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County finalizes primary vote count

By Bethany Knipp

Riley County commissioners approved primary election ballot counts, and the final results were expected to be posted late Monday.

Jolene Keck, the Riley County election supervisor, updated commissioners about this year’s election.

Keck said 5,609 ballots were cast. Of those, 5,601 were counted.

Keck said that the county had only 80 provisional ballots, which are used to record votes that are in question because of a wrong address, a misspelled name, a lack of voter registration or other technicalities.

Keck asked commissioners to approve 90 percent of those provisional votes. Eight votes were rejected because those ballot casters were not registered to vote.

“We had no provisionals due to lack of I.D.,” Keck said.

The final results will be posted on the county website at

John Armbrust, the executive director of the Governor’s Military Council, also updated commissioners about the comment period for Fort Riley before any decisions are made about reducing the number of soldiers on base. 

Fort Riley opened a 60-day period for area community members, organizations and businesses to write in about the socioeconomic impact a potential reduction would have.

Though no announcement has been made about how many soldiers — if any — will be cut, some projections indicate the job loss could be 1,000 soldiers and civilians. The worst-case scenario would be a loss of 16,000 jobs, according to a recent report.

“I have no clue how many letters or comments have been sent in,” Armbrust said.

Armbrust said the Army is tracking the comments from each of the 30 installations that could be affected.

Armbrust said he had gone to Washington, D.C., to talk to U.S. Army leadership about the importance of Kansas’ military installations, a conversation that was “well received.”

The deadline to send comments is Aug. 25.

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