Chris Morrow, Dennis Pugh and Larry Fotovich will likely replace Todd Winters, Steve Hale and Dan Newburg on the Gardner City Council. Morrow received 18 percent of the votes; Dennis Pugh followed with 16 percent; and Fotovich received 13 percent.
Fotovich maintains a 10-vote lead over fourth-place finisher Jared Taylor with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
According to Brian Newby, Johnson County Election Commissioner, the ballots will be canvassed and official results finalized next Monday. Newby said Taylor could make up some votes when provisional ballots are counted on Monday, however he said it’s highly unlikely he could overcome the 10-vote spread.
“If I were (Taylor), I’d be keeping my fingers crossed, but I don’t expect that to happen,” Newby said.
Provisional ballots are sealed in bags at the election office until Wednesday morning. Until then, Newby said he doesn’t know how many provisional ballots exist.
However, he said election office officials would expect to see a high number of provisional ballots if an election location had trouble opening. In that case, early voters might be pushed to paper ballots as workers got the voting machines working.
But that didn’t happen in any Gardner voting locations today.