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Kansas activist sues for a statewide abortion recount

August 24, 2022 GMT
Bipartisan counting teams prepare to recount nearly 150,000 ballots in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 on a constitutional amendment that would've removed abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution.  Nine of the state's 105 counties were forced to do the recount by two Republican activists. Voters earlier this month rejected a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict abortion or ban it. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
Bipartisan counting teams prepare to recount nearly 150,000 ballots in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 on a constitutional amendment that would've removed abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution.  Nine of the state's 105 counties were forced to do the recount by two Republican activists. Voters earlier this month rejected a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict abortion or ban it. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
Bipartisan counting teams prepare to recount nearly 150,000 ballots in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 on a constitutional amendment that would've removed abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution.  Nine of the state's 105 counties were forced to do the recount by two Republican activists. Voters earlier this month rejected a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict abortion or ban it. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
Bipartisan counting teams prepare to recount nearly 150,000 ballots in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 on a constitutional amendment that would've removed abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution. Nine of the state's 105 counties were forced to do the recount by two Republican activists. Voters earlier this month rejected a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict abortion or ban it. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
Bipartisan counting teams prepare to recount nearly 150,000 ballots in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 on a constitutional amendment that would've removed abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution. Nine of the state's 105 counties were forced to do the recount by two Republican activists. Voters earlier this month rejected a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict abortion or ban it. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas anti-abortion activist is suing for a complete hand recount of an election in which voters soundly rejected a proposal to remove abortion rights from the state’s constitution.

Mark Gietzen is representing himself in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sedgwick County District Court after a nine-county hand recount that his supporters largely funded wrapped up over the weekend. Fewer than 100 votes changed out of more than 500,000 cast in those counties. The measure failed by about 165,000 votes statewide.

Republican Secretary of State Scott Schwab said in a news release that the recount results should “put to rest the unfounded claims of election fraud.”

In the lawsuit, Gietzen alleges without evidence that votes statewide might have been vulnerable to the same type of programming error that initially switched results in a county commission race. The suit also seeks a revote “where necessary.”

A judge quickly dismissed a lawsuit Gietzen filed before the election seeking to have ballot drop boxes removed across the state.