Johnson County looking to certify election results this morning in process that will change tally in tight GOP gubernatorial primary. The eyes of the state will be turned toward the Johnson County Election Office this morning as the county’s canvass board — which is made up of the seven members of the board of county commissioners — meet to review and certify election results and provisional ballots. With more than 1,800 provisional ballots to be considered in the Johnson County and another 1,900 in Sedgewick County, the canvass board meetings Monday will be crucial in determining whether Jeff Colyer or Kris Kobach take the Republican primary. County Chair Ed Eilert said Thursday that with the large number of provisional ballots in play, the certification process Monday could be longer than usual. “This could take more than 30 minutes, I’ll say that,” Eilert said. The canvass board will meet this morning at 9 a.m. at the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E Kansas City Road, Olathe.
No update from ES&S on cause for software failure after Tuesday’s election. Election Systems & Software — the company chosen by the board of county commissioners in May for a $10.5 million contract to provide Johnson County a new voting system — said over the weekend that it did not have any additional information to provides about the software error that caused massive reporting delays after Tuesday’s election. “We’re continuing to look into the issue of slow reporting,” said ES&S’s Monica Tesi. “Our current statement contains what we know today. As we know more, we’ll be happy to answer additional questions.”
Shawnee officials say oxidizing chlorinators led to respiration issues for swimmers Saturday. Fifteen people experienced breathing irritation issues at Shawnee’s Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center Saturday after exposure to chlorinators that were oxidizing in one are of the pool. “A total of 15 patients were checked out and two of those were taken to a hospital as a precaution,” said Shawnee Communications Manager Julie Breithaupt. “We initially said this was a possible chlorine leak but, to be clear, after investigating, it was determined this was not a leak.” The city closed the pool for the rest of the day Saturday after the incident occurred, but reopened Sunday.