The article is a little vague on exactly what happened.
A malfunction of electronic voting equipment left 5,207 votes out of the original Nov. 4 Saline County vote total, but no election outcomes were affected, according to the Saline County Clerk’s Office.
Then at the end
Outcome wasn’t affected
Merriman said that had the extra votes resulted in a change in the outcome of the election, everyone would have been notified immediately.
The problems occurred in machines at four voting locations in the following precincts: 12-13-14; 17-18-19; 20-22; and 15-16.
Votes for Sen. Pat Roberts, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Secretary of State Kobach all slightly increased.
Opposition to the jail/justice complex increased from a 953-vote difference to 1,748 votes, or from 53.95 percent to 55.08 percent.
So they evidently found the missing votes. But I'm not sure how.
Saline County Clerk Don Merriman said after the meeting that four of the 34 PEBs, or Personal Electronic Ballots, were not reading correctly on election night, which left the votes out of the original count. The problem has been fixed, he said.
He said the missing votes weren’t discovered until after votes were canvassed on Nov. 10. Merriman said he learned of the error during a “triple check” with flash cards from the PEBs.
The error was found the afternoon after votes were canvassed when flash card totals were compared to the printed totals.
“We always pull those flash cards and check those final totals to make sure we are OK,” he said. This is the first time we’ve had the PEBs act up like that. I’m pretty sure it is the programing in the PEBs.”
So which was missing votes? The flash cards or the printed totals? What are the printed totals? Just a summary or actual printed ballots?
If the printed totals were actual printed ballots that voters checked then I don't think there's anything to worry about.
But if there's no actual per vote record and people are just relying on the machines to correctly record the votes then I have to wonder how monumentally stupid people are to use or even create a system that insecure.