A judge has ruled that election officials in Kansas’ largest county violated open records law by refusing to provide names of hundreds of people whose provisional ballots were not counted in last August’s primary. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, asked for the names of 898 people whose ballots were thrown out and for justification on why they didn’t count. Johnson County election commissioner Ronnie Metsker rejected Hammet’s request, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to join Hammet in a lawsuit. District Judge David Hauber ruled in Hammet’s favor on Thursday, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Metzger didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the ruling.
“Now elections officials know that whenever they throw out a ballot people will know, and so they need to be really strict about standards,” Hammet said.
Hammet said the suburban Kansas City county didn’t try to notify people before rejecting their ballots, which were dismissed without knowledge of the voters’ party affiliation or how they voted. He said he plans to notify people that their votes didn’t count and those people could consider pursuing a legal challenge.