Crawford County finishes abortion question vote recount

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Crawford County finishes its recount of votes for the constitutional amendment question on abortion.

Kansas on Tuesday began a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights.

Crawford County Finishes Abortion Vote Recount

Nine of the state’s 105 counties are doing the recount at the request of Melissa Leavitt, of Colby, in far northwestern Kansas, who has pushed for tighter election laws. A longtime anti-abortion activist, Mark Gietzen, of Wichita, is covering most of the costs.

A larger than expected turnout of voters on Aug. 2 rejected a ballot measure that would have removed protections for abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution. It failed by 18 percentage points, or 165,000 votes statewide.

It drew broad attention because it was the first state referendum on abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

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Crawford County Recount on Abortion Question

The Crawford County Board of County Canvassers met this morning at 10:00 am. They canvassed ballots from the hand recount of the Constitutional Amendment Question from the August 2 Primary Election.

According to County Clerk Lisa Lusker, the final numbers for the Crawford County vote recount were:

  • Yes – 4,653
  • No – 5,847

The number of “No” votes increased by two in the recount. Lusker says the number of “Yes” votes did not change.

Harvey, Jefferson and Lyon counties are also done with their recounts. A few numbers changed, but not significantly.

>You can find recount results as they come in here.