Close county race may change Monday

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale got calls Wednesday from both Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and former Wichita City Council member Sharon Fearey about their close race in the Democratic primary for Sedgwick County Commission.

Faust-Goudeau won the primary for the District 4 seat by 60 votes. About 1,200 provisional ballots — paper ballots cast when a voter's eligibility is in doubt — were received. Election officials will count those Monday after the vote is canvassed and a panel has determined which sealed ballots should be counted.

He said Faust-Goudeau and Fearey had called him asking if the outcome of the results could change.

That could happen but is unlikely because provisional ballots typically follow voting trends. Two factors typically change an outcome, he said: an exceptionally close race and a lot of provisional ballots.

He doesn't think that's the case in this race, though he stopped short of saying so definitively.

The canvass will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Historic County Courthouse, 510 N. Main.

If the results stand, Faust-Goudeau will face political newcomer Richard Ranzau in November.

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