Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2001

Close election race ends in Wyandotte County

April 12, 2001

It's official and the result is the same.

It was close but no cigar for challenger Bob Bradbury in his effort to dethrone incumbent Doug Clements as the representative of Ward II on the Bonner Springs City Council.

In the closest race in Wyandotte County, Clements defeated Bradbury by two votes, 109-107.

After the votes were counted in the general election April 3, Bradbury decided to pay the $100 fee for a hand recount of the ballots.

Beverly Bushnell, the assistant election commissioner for Wyandotte County, announced Tuesday that the recount did not change the outcome of the election. The votes have now been certified and Clements is officially the winner.

Both Clements and Bradbury were allowed to watch as Tuesday's recount was conducted.

Bushnell said six people appointed to a special board performed the recount. The six people were divided into groups of two. One read what the ballot said and the other tallied the votes. After going through each stack of ballots, the two panelists switched positions and repeated the process so the results could be verified.

Bushnell said in her six years of experience with the election office, she could only remember one other hand recount being requested. In that race, an Edwardsville City Council seat was up for grabs. The vote totals also did not change after a recount was done.

Clements said he didn't know what to expect from the recount because it was such a close race, but is satisfied with the outcome.

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