GMD seeks AG opinion on election

105 proxy votes in violation of GMD Act

One man, one vote is a core democratic principle.

But what happens when one man represents 10 votes, or 20, or 30?

That’s the question facing Groundwater Management District No. 1 and it’s turned to the Kansas Attorney General’s office for an answer.

At issue is the legality of proxy votes that were cast to fill two positions on the GMD board of directors during the annual meeting.

It was determined that a total of 105 proxy votes were cast in the election with nearly all of them going to the two challengers.

For the Scott County position, Don Smith defeated longtime board member, 119-59. Smith received 91 proxy votes and Hoeme received 10.

For the Greeley County position, challenger Travis Weaver defeated incumbent Mark Cavenee, 135-41. Weaver received 101 proxy votes while Cavenee received none.


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