Anti-abortion activist in Kansas sues for full hand recount on measure allowing procedure in state

Pro-life activist sues for a recount in recent election where a pro-life amendment to the Kansas Constitution was rejected by voters.

Published: August 24, 2022 1:52pm

Updated: August 24, 2022 6:58pm

An anti-abortion activist filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Kansas requesting a hand recount of all ballots cast earlier this month on a failed ballot initiative to remove abortion rights from the state’s constitution.

Activist Mark Gietzen is representing himself in the lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. His suit follows a recently concluded, nine-county hand recount in which fewer than 100 out of roughly 500,000 changed.

The Aug. 2 ballot initiative failed by about 165,000 votes statewide.

"Kansans should be confident that these results put to rest the unfounded claims of election fraud in our state and know that our elections are secure and that their vote counted,” said Republican Secretary of State Scott Schwab.


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