Abortion vote recount shows no fraud in KS election: official
Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab said Monday that the recount of the overwhelming abortion vote, which reaffirmed the election result, shows no major fraud in the state’s election.
The recount, which involved reviewing nearly 60% of the votes cast, “proves once and for all that there is no systemic voter fraud in our state’s electoral process,” said Schwab, a Republican of Olathe, in a statement.
“Kansans need to be confident that these results put an end to unfounded allegations of voter fraud in our state and know that our elections are secure and their vote counted,” Schwab said.
The recount of Kansas’ 59% to 41% rejection of an amendment that would have removed the right to abortion from the state constitution took place in nine counties, including Sedgwick and Johnson. Schwab noted that the recount changed the results by less than 2/100th of a percentage point — an infinitesimal fraction of the overall vote that included the ballots of more than 922,000 Kansans.
According to vote totals posted by Schwab’s office, the recount resulted in 57 fewer “no” votes and six more “yes” votes.
The roughly $120,000 recount was requested by Colby resident Melissa Leavitt and largely funded by Wichita fringe anti-abortion activist Mark Gietzen. Both made baseless allegations of electoral fraud.
Gietzen said he would take legal action to try to do not pay the cost of the recount in Sedgwick County because it didn’t end before a Saturday deadline. The county instead certified the results of the recount on Sunday.
A recount also took place in the Republican race for state treasurer. State Representative Steven Johnson, of Assaria, defeated State Senator Caryn Tyson, of Parker, by less than 400 votes. A limited recount of a handful of counties requested by Tyson produced very little change in the results.
A recount also took place during the Kansas House District 118 Republican primary in the western part of the state. Jim Minnix defeated Rep. Tatum Lee by over 1,200 votes.
This story was originally published August 22, 2022 1:26 p.m.