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Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker

Board of Election Canvassers certify election results

Today the Johnson County Board of Election Canvassers met today to certify the Aug. 1 Primary Election. After today's vote canvass, updated final results (unofficial) for the August Primary Election are now available on Johnson County Election Office's website.

What exactly is a "vote canvass"?

Among its many duties, the Board of County Commissioners is, ex officio, the Board of Election Canvassers. As such, it is required to review, or "canvass," and certify the results of elections conducted in the county.

While unofficial election results are made public as soon as results are available on Election Day, results are not considered official until the canvass takes place the Monday following a given election.

During the canvass meeting, the Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Provisional ballots include situations where a voter's registration is in question or when records indicate the voter was already sent an advance ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed in special envelopes at the polls and must be individually researched and verified at the Election Office prior to presenting them to the Board of Canvassers. 

Following the processing of the valid ballots, the Board of Canvassers certifies the official vote summary as the final official election results. 

Canvass meetings occur at the Election Office (2101 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe) and are open to the public.