Attempt to recount Value Them Both Amendment votes faces another challenge

“Vote No” and "Vote Yes" signs over the Value Them Both Amendment.
“Vote No” and "Vote Yes" signs over the Value Them Both Amendment.(KCTV5 News)
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 12:51 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Efforts to recount the failed Value Them Both Amendment hit a financial roadblock Monday morning.

Melissa Leavitt had hoped to use assets as collateral to get the recount. On social media, Leavitt said Mark Gietzen offered his house as collateral. The Secretary of State has denied that request.

Mark Gietzen is an anti-abortion and conservative political activist. He is also the chairman of Kansas Coalition for Life.

In a letter from the Secretary of State’s office, Leavitt has been informed she has until 5 p.m. Monday to provide cash, check, cashier’s check or credit card with proof of funds.

She has been attempting to raise funds through social media, most notably TikTok.

In a recent TikTok video she claims Gietzen leverage his house to pay for the recount.

She says her request for a recount is a “leap of faith.”

The “Value Them Both” Amendment was defeated Aug. 2 by a 59-41 percent margin in the first major vote since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade earlier this summer.