Vote canvass reveals problems with advance voting ballots

 

By Anne Hassler Heidel

 

McPHERSON—The results of the Aug. 3, 2020, primary were finally made official Monday as the county commission canvassed votes with County Clerk Hollie Melroy. 

The canvass was originally scheduled for Aug. 13 but was delayed due to the need for compliance with a state audit that still needed to be completed. The audit required that the clerk’s office audit a local, state and national election vote tally. The state-level election audit was completed on Aug. 14.

Melroy reported other glitches in voting, including issues with delivery of advance voting ballots. 

“One of my trays of ballots did not make it to the voters. We took them to the post office. We dropped them off. Some of them did not get delivered. I called Nebraska where the headquarters is for the post office and said ‘What ramifications can I do? Can I go to the facility and see if my ballots are sitting there?’ And they said ‘No,’” Melroy reported to the commission. 

Eighteen of those who did not receive their advance ballots did vote provisionally at the polls. Some voters did report receiving their ballots two days after the election, according to Melroy.

The county clerk’s office sent out 1,169 advance ballots on July 16, and 92 of those are still missing. Melroy said McPherson County is not the only county in the state having this issue.

“The November ballots will mail out Oct. 14. If you do not have them by Oct. 20, call my office,” Melroy said.

The county clerk can be reached at (620) 241-3656.

Official results of the canvass are as follows:

 

U.S. Senate 

Republican– Roger Marshall 3,139; Kris Kobach, 1,095; Bob Hamilton, 754; David Alan Lindstrom, 390.

Democrat– Barbara Bollier, 1,079; Robert Leon Tillman, 133.

 

U.S. Representative Dist. 1

Republican – Tracey Mann, 3,691; Bill Clifford, 1,389; Jerry Molstad, 235; Michael Soetart, 209.

Democrat – Kali Barnett, 697; Christy Cauble Davis, 493. 

 

State Senator 35th Dist. 

Republican – Richard Wilborn, 5085. (Unopposed.)

 

State Representative 73rd Dist.

Republican – Les Mason, 4,196. (Unopposed.)

 

State Representative 74th Dist. 

Republican – Stephen Owens, 358. (Unopposed.)

 

State Representative 108th Dist. 

Republican – Steven Johnson, 596. (Unopposed.)

 

County Commissioner Dist. 2

Republican – Tom Kueser 1,011; James E. Melland, 652.

 

County Commissioner Dist. 3

Republican – David A. O’Dell, 1,040; Larry Froese, 1,009.

 

County Clerk – Hollie D. Melroy, Republican, 5,066, unopposed.

 

County Treasurer – Teresa K. Nelson, Republican, 5,010, unopposed.

 

Register of Deeds – Laurie B. Wiziarde, Republican, 5,015, unopposed.

 

County Attorney – Greg Benefiel, Republican, 4,733, unopposed.

 

County Sheriff – Jerry Montagne, Republican, 5,198, unopposed.