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Kansas vote recount confirms results backing abortion rights

Kansas officials confirmed a vote upholding abortion rights carrying out a partial recount Sunday, per AP.

Driving the news headlines: Officials reviewed the ballots of nine of Kansas’ 105 counties at the request of Melissa Leavitt after voters this month rejected an amendment that could have eliminated the proper to an abortion from the state’s constitution.

By the numbers: Voters rejected the amendment by roughly 165,000 votes with some 922,000 ballots cast in the traditionally conservative state.

  • The results of the recount yourself resulted in less than 60 votes changing, the Kansas City Star reports.

The picture as a whole: Kansas was the initial state to vote on abortion legislation following Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Axios’ Oriana Gonzalez notes.

  • Hawaii granted Leavitt a recount under a law requiring those that request one prove they are able to cover costs. State counties would pay just if the effect changed.

Go deeper: Opponents, advocates spent $22 million on Kansas abortion vote

Editor’s note: This short article has been updated with new details throughout.

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