Riley County commissioners approved the hiring of a temporary election worker for the upcoming primary election.
The primary election is being held for the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 race due to the number of candidates. County Clerk Rich Vargo says his office was not prepared for a primary election, as one is not typically held for this race.
State law says a primary election is to be held if the number of candidates exceeds three times the number of open positions plus one.
The school board currently has three open seats and 10 candidates, thus meeting the state requirements for a primary election. The Manhattan City commission has also has three seats open, but only nine candidates.
The primary election takes place on August 3rd,with advanced voting starting on July 14th. The voter registration deadline for the primary is on July 13th.