By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
7:35 PM PST, November 13, 2012
The preliminary asessment by Kansas Election Director Brad Bryant suggests changes in managerial technique and better training may benefit the Sedgwick County election office.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach sent a team from his office to Wichita Tuesday afternoon. They met with Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman for two hours to discuss why it took so long for the election office to report returns in both the August primary and general election.
"Our office was aware (of the late reporting in the primary), and looking back maybe should have done more to make sure that problem was taken care of before the general," Bryant says.
It took nearly four hours before any returns were reported and seven hours before races were called in Sedgwick County last week.
Bryant stresses the problems involved reporting the results in a timely fashion and the not the accuracy of the results themselves. He says it had nothing to do with election software or equipment.
The secretary of state is expected to issue a written report on the the team's findings in the next few weeks.