Rejected Ballots Lead to Different Outcome in Jackson County Race

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Friday, November 10 2006 Nov 10, 2006 Friday, November 10, 2006 12:25:03 PM CST November 10, 2006 in News
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KANSAS CITY -- Election officials say the discovery of a printing error could lead to the reversal of a race for the Jackson County Legislature. Republican Greg Grounds had been heavily favored in the fifth District, but was dumbfounded when he lost to Democrat Neal McGregor by a mere 66 votes. But it turns out about two-thousand ballots used in the county's electronic voting system were printed so that the machine could not read them. Election workers had to take each rejected ballot and duplicate it on a correct ballot so that it could be read. When that that was done yesterday, Grounds found himself 263 votes ahead. Charlene Davis of the Jackson County Election Board says every race and every issue that was on the affected ballots will have number changes. But the legislative race is the only one close enough to change the outcome.

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