Kansas City KS election vote count challenged by candidates
When Tscher “Cece” Manck, who was running for the Wyandotte County Unified Government and Kansas City Council of Commissioners, noticed what she believed to be discrepancies in the results of the August 3 primary election, she complained to every agency she could think of. de, from the UG Election Office to the US Department of Justice. And everyone, she said, passed the buck to each other.
Newly appointed Election Commissioner Michael Abbott said everything was fine and described Manck as, in essence, a sore loser.
Longtime mayoral candidate and senator Chris Steineger is also wondering what happened. He’s not sure what happened, but isn’t happy with the answers he’s gotten so far on why some of his votes seem to have gone missing.
“There were a number of constituencies where I had no votes, but I know I had voters there,” Steineger told us. In Ward 9 / precinct 1, Steineger did not get any votes, but knew five strong supporters in this area. When challenged, Abbott and one of his tech collaborators found those five votes in this chamber. Their explanation was that the votes got lost in their database.
âIf they lost five votes, I wonder if there are any other votes that are somehow lost in this database,â Steineger said. Indeed, they recovered two other voices for Steineger in another enclosure.
“What about all the other neighborhoods I haven’t drawn attention to?” Said Steineger. âThey gave their explanation, and it’s right – it sounds very strange. They said, âWell, those votes were lost in our database. Well, what other votes were lost? What other neighborhoods got lost in your database? Which votes of other candidates were lost in your database? ”
Manck, who according to election results received 117 votes in her run for District 8 commissioner, said a list she received from the county that is supposed to include the name and precinct of each person having validly voted did not include certain supporters whom they know to have voted. One of the women took a selfie at the polls, but her name is not on the list.
Why has the vote count not changed over a 12 hour period?
Daran Duffy, a candidate for mayor in the primary, said that for three electoral office spreadsheets showing the total votes for each candidate by constituency, âthe numbers don’t add up. They should match. They don’t.
âIf there weren’t any difficulties with the numbers, it was gross negligence,â Duffy said. âIt is absolutely appalling. There is a very clear fraud. I don’t know what to call it otherwise. If it was a spreadsheet I would say maybe it was a clerical error. “
Mary Gerlt, who showed up for an extraordinary seat on the Public Services Council, is concerned about the lack of transparency during the counting of the votes. The polling station first posted advance poll totals representing 1% of the reporting constituencies. The following message was 100% – and some counts did not change between 1% and 100%, over a 12 hour period.
âWe don’t see any progression,â said Gerlt. âIt should be rectified. There is no way to trust what is going on in this election office. Voters should feel confident in the voting process. This most certainly justifies an investigation from an outside party. “
With so much attention across the country repeatedly refuting allegations of voter fraud, those charged with ensuring a fair election should strive to restore voter confidence by at least examining the discrepancies reported by several candidates.
But, so far, nothing like this has happened.
âI called everyone except the President of the United States,â Manck said. The GA office told me to go to the Secretary of State’s office. The Secretary of State told me to go to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office and the District Attorney’s office told me to go to the County Election Office, where I had started.
The Attorney General’s Office neither confirms nor denies any investigation, spokesman John Milburn said, but “allegations of alleged crimes would normally be investigated by local law enforcement.” The prosecutor’s office has admitted to receiving complaints, but shows no sign of investigating them.
Manck and Sandra Duffy, wife of Daran Duffy, challenged the election in district court.
The county election office responded with a nonsuit motion. County officials want Manck and the Duffys to go, but they will be back in court on September 28 to defend the right to contest the election.
As proof of their claim that election officials “predetermined the outcome of the election,” Manck and Duffy cite a polling day Facebook post at 6:56 a.m. that Manck said came from community lawyer Louise Lynch. . The message appeared to represent an electoral office document showing, for example, Latorua Chinn with 273 votes and Eleanor Morales Clark with 233 before the polls opened at 7 a.m.
But the votes displayed in that morning post for Chinn, Clark and others turned out to match their vote totals in a polling station vote tally released at 8:45 p.m. that evening. Does this mean that these candidates did not receive any votes during the 12 hours that the polling stations were open?
Lynch said she posted the message that evening, not the morning, after taking a screenshot of the results she saw on the county’s election website. She then deactivated her entire Facebook page, she said, because the hateful comments there “were having a negative effect on my body, my health, because of the stress.”
Sandra Duffy also said a document showing the certified election results as of August 19 said more the total number of ballots cast in the election that the official totals displayed on the election website. âThey messed it up and we caught them,â she said.
Manck said she believed there had not only been tampering, but not much effort to cover it up. âThey are used to people not fighting. I think it was more important for them to try to discourage and embarrass us than for anyone to know that they were cheating.
There might be a reasonable explanation, but these discrepancies should be investigated. And no one does that.
The county election office cannot investigate itself
In Kansas, the secretary of state’s office oversees federal and state races. In local races, the last word rests with the County Commissioners Council sitting as the Council of Canvassers.
“These are the same commissioners who are on the ballot, who voted for or against,” Steineger said, “but they have a say in whether or not the results are correct.”
The Kansas Secretary of State’s office gained legal authority to prosecute electoral misconduct when then Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in a pipe-dreaming crusade against electoral fraud, decided to dedicate six lawyers to the desk, instead of the traditional one or two.
But it also diverted resources from many other office tasks, including election administration. Instead, current Secretary of State Scott Schwab chooses to act as a resource to law enforcement agencies and local prosecutors who investigate any fraud charges.
But is there nothing between obsessing over imaginary massive electoral fraud and completely unable to investigate possible local tampering? Nothing between calling Cyber ââNinjas and ignoring all the complaints?
The temptation to see a conspiracy and fraud behind every election result you dislike has never been greater, thanks to the bogus and very damaging allegations of former President Donald Trump, which have been carefully scrutinized. examined and completely debunked.
Yet we cannot restore confidence in the elections if there is also no way to examine the problem reports. The election office cannot investigate itself and will not request an independent review. Commissioners also have inherent conflicts.
When Schwab appointed Abbott in February, he said: âMr. Abbott has institutional knowledge of the Wyandotte County Election Office and strong and established relationship with the unified government of Wyandotte County.“
Now is the time for Schwab’s office to appoint election experts unrelated to the Wyandotte County Unified Government to review the primary overseen by his new person. If nothing goes wrong, the UG should welcome the opportunity to refute all claims to the contrary.