Johnson County Election Office says registrations at all-time record

Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 18:01:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Johnson County election officials say they are registering more than 1,000 voters per day, pushing the overall total into record territory each day.

Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker said the county stood at 415,000 registered voters as of Friday morning.

The last big election in 2016 featured 407,550 registered voters.

“We did not have this kind of experience prior to the 2016 presidential election,” Metsker told 41 Action News Friday. “Most of us who are active in this role really want to see everyone participate that should. This is very exhilarating to us to see people engaging and making sure their voter registration is accurate, that they know what the issues are on the ballot.”

On Thursday, Metsker said his office believes it’s prepared to report vote totals on election night Nov. 6.

The office ran into software and hardware problems with Election Systems and Software during the primary election in August that caused reporting delays lasting far longer than normal.

An investigation into the delay led ES&S to update its software.

That update has received federal and state certification this week.

Metsker said his office and the company have put the update through extensive testing.

“We were able to upload and report results quickly in every scenario,” he said in a release Thursday. “Successful testing on our equipment in our office was a priority for us because that was the only way we could ensure our voters and taxpayers that they can expect timely election results in November.”