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Kansas to recount abortion vote by hand, despite big margin

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas’ elections director says the state will go along with a request for a hand recount of votes from every county after last week’s decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights, even though there was a 165,000-vote difference and a recount won’t change the result.

Melissa Leavitt, of Colby, declined to comment to reporters Friday evening about her request for a recount.

Kansas law requires her to put up a bond to cover the cost.

Also seeking a recount is state Sen. Caryn Tyson, who is trailing state Rep. Steven Johnson in the Republican primary for state treasurer by about 400 votes out of nearly 434,000 cast.

She is asking for a hand recount in about half the state’s 105 counties.

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