Acting as the Board of Canvassers, Leavenworth County commissioners have certified the results of last week’s election.

Acting as the Board of Canvassers, Leavenworth County commissioners have certified the results of last week’s election.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski reviewed the results from the local city and school board races with county commissioners when they met Monday.

Klasinski said 52 provisional ballots were turned in during the Nov. 7 election. Votes from 38 of the provisional ballots were added to vote totals Monday before the results were certified. The additional votes increased some candidate vote totals but did not change the ultimate outcome of any of the races.

Klasinski said the remaining 14 provisional ballots did not qualify. She said these ballots did not qualify because the voters previously had not been registered or they had moved to a different location within the county after registering.

Klasinski said people who fill out provisional ballots also complete voter registration forms to ensure that they will be properly registered for the next election.

The countywide turnout for last week's election was about 13.84 percent with the inclusion of the additional votes from the provisional ballots.

Some areas within the county saw greater percentages of voter turnout.

Voter turnout for the Leavenworth City Commission race was 15.88 percent of the eligible voters.

Klasinski said Tonganoxie saw the highest voter turnout of any of the cities in the county.

Voter turnout for the Tonganoxie City Council race was 20.14 percent.

County Commissioner Louis Klemp lamented the low voter turnout numbers.

“I don't know how we get that changed,” he said.

City and school board elections previously took place in the spring. But the election was moved to the fall this year because of a change in state law.

Klasinski said she does not believe moving the election to the fall made a significance difference in terms of voter turnout. She said the turnout for last week's election was only about 2 percent more than the turnout from the last spring election of 2015.

But Klasinski said the change in election schedule may have an impact on who files as candidates. She said potential candidates now have more time between the election of an even-numbered year and the filing deadline for the election of an odd-numbered year.

Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to certify the results of the election.

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