Voters want Johnson County more prepared for November

Posted at 7:25 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 20:25:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas primary election in Johnson County goes down as one of the most looked-at elections in recent memory.

There were problems with the electronic voting machines and some provisional votes were thrown away.

And we are just a few short months away until the next election, and it’s unclear if these problems will persist.

Since then,  the vote total changed and some provisional votes were thrown out for a variety of reasons.

President of the League of Women Voters in Johnson County, Ellen Miller, said she’s happy to see the higher voter turnout but thinks the county should have been prepared for it.

“We certainly as an organization expect that will be solved by the November 6th general election," Miller said.

Miller hopes the problems revealed during this primary ramps up pressure to make sure the county is prepared when even more voters will head to the polls.

“The real thing that we would hope is that the software problems that prevented quick tallying at the central office will all be solved, and will be tested to be solved,” said Miller.

Voters 41 Action News talked to agree.

“I was disappointed, I felt like there should have been a better process than what they did and perhaps the votes that are submitted prior to election day could be tallied prior to election day,” said Katrina Taggart.

“It would be nice for it to be a quicker process in November,” said Jeannie Blau.

41 Action News reached out to ES&S to see if they have found the problems with the voting machines, and have not heard back.