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Kobach Reappoints JoCo Election Official

Secretary of State Kris Kobach. (Kansas News Service file photo)
Secretary of State Kris Kobach. (Kansas News Service file photo)

Secretary of State Kris Kobach has reappointed Ronnie Metsker as Johnson County’s top election official, not long after problems delayed vote-counting on primary election night. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports.

Johnson County was the last county in the state to report results after the primary because problems with voting equipment caused long delays. That led to some calls that Metsker should resign.

The company that supplied the machines said its software caused the problems.

Kobach said Metsker had changed to voting machines that leave a paper trail, which Kobach had requested. Kobach also said Metsker has been effective at correcting the problems.

“When the system resulted in some delays in the reporting of results on election night, commissioner Metsker addressed the problem swiftly and with competence,” Kobach said in a statement.

The secretary of state appoints the election officials in the four most populous counties.

Stephen Koranda is KPR's Statehouse reporter.