Outage slows vote count in Junction City area

JUNCTION CITY — A power outage in one of Kansas' more populous counties slowed the counting of votes in today's primary elections.

The electricity at the Geary County Office Building in Junction City went out briefly twice after 7 p.m., then went out completely just after 9 p.m.

County Clerk Rebecca Bossemeyer said plans were being made to move the vote-counting nearby to the county's emergency management office.

Geary County has 40 precincts. Voters cast ballots for statewide offices, the U.S. House and Senate and the Kansas House. They were also deciding on a proposed 1 percent sales tax increase for Junction City.