If a voter is not registered, should his vote count?

If a voter has a different name than the one in the poll book, should his vote count?

If a voter failed to show an I.D., should his vote count?

And if a New Yorker stranded in Reno County because of an East Coast hurricane votes for U.S. President on a Reno County ballot, should his vote be counted?

The answers: No, yes, no, yes.

Past Reno County boards of canvassers have faced each of those decisions. In the case of the New Yorker, Hurricane Sandy compelled the voter to cast his ballot in the Obama-Romney presidential contest here in November 2012.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office provides tip sheets to county clerks that address under what circumstances a provisional ballot can be counted. As of Thursday, the tip sheet was being revised, because showing proof of citizenship is no longer a requirement for someone attempting to become a registered voter.

Canvassing of the primary election returns and the opening of provisional ballots will be conducted here at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug 16, in the Reno County Courthouse Annex, 125 West 1st Ave. It is open to the public.

Typically, the Reno County Clerk’s office recommends to the canvassers - usually, the county commissioners - which provisional ballots should be counted and the canvassers follow that advice.

In the August 2016 primary election, there were about 280 provisional ballots in Reno County.

Ballots ruled valid and added to the count were:

3 by voters who had a name change.

1 by a voter who did not have an I.D. at the polls, but showed one later.

7 by voters who requested an advance ballot but voted at a polling place.

91 by voters who moved within the county but voted in the correct precinct.

41 ballots that were classified as provisional due to election board worker error.

3 by voters who moved within the county and voted the correct precinct and had a name change.

Provisional ballots that were not counted:

36 by voters who were not registered

48 by voters who voted a political party ballot they were not registered for

1 by a voter who voted by touchscreen machine and by paper ballot.

13 by voters who moved out of Reno County but within the state and did not re-register.

3 by voters who voted in advance and at the polls

1 by a voter who said his ballot was missing a candidate and voted another ballot.

3 by voters who moved outside the county.

3 by voters who failed to show an I.D. at the polls or before the canvass.

Provisional ballots that were partially counted:

23 by voters who moved within the county, did not re-register and voted in the wrong precinct.

There are 202 provisional ballots pending in Reno County’s primary election Tuesday.