Outcome of District 2 race will have to wait until Friday

The District 2 primary race for the Wichita City Council is headed for instant replay.

Thirty-eight of the 88 provisional ballots cast in Tuesday's election were from District 2, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale said this morning.

After Tuesday's voting ended, candidate Pete Meitzner had 10 more votes than Steve Harris.

Charlie Stevens led the field by 130 votes.

In order to decide whether Meitzner or Harris will join Stevens in advancing to the April 5 general election, a canvassing of the provisional ballots will be conducted Friday morning at the election office.

"I feel like I made a three-pointer at the end of the game to win it," Meitzner said, "and now the referees have to review it."

Gale will present recommendations on which provisional ballots to accept to the Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers, which is made up of the five county commissioners.

Gale said roughly 90 percent of provisional ballots are accepted by the board and counted.

Provisional ballots are cast at the polls on election day when questions arise about a voter's eligibility. Most often that's the result of a voter who moved and hasn't updated the new address with voter registration.

At the close of Tuesday's polls, Stevens had 1,432 votes, Meitzner 1,302 and Harris 1,292.

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