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Results of USD 418 BOE Recall Official, Members Retain Office

MCPHERSON – McPherson County Commissioners Tuesday certified the results of last week’s McPherson USD 418 Board of Education recall election where voters turned down an attempt to remove board members Ann Elliott, Emily Greer and Jeff Johnson from office.

Following counting of mailed in ballots and allowed provisional ballots, organizers of the recall challenged the accuracy of the vote count and actions of County Clerk Hollie Melroy. Melroy recommended counting 20 of the 26 provisional ballots in the election. All six ballots not counted were from persons who were not registered to vote.

The final certified votes were as follows (a yes vote was to recall the member; a no vote was to retain them in officer):

Ann Elliott – 784 yes, 1,696 no

Emily Greer – 773 year, 1705 no

Jeff Johnson – 775 yes, 1,704 no.

Melroy said about a fourth of USD 418 voters cast ballots in the election, the majority of which were from advanced balloting.

Recall Committee member Clinton Sides raised issues about the tabulating machines used by McPherson County. “The counting machine has been shown to have fraud all over the nation.”

Recall committee members asked Commissioners to consider a hand recount of ballots in the election. Such a move would have to be done by the committee, which would be required to post a bond to cover the cost of it.