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More than 37,000 ballots cast in Douglas County by 3 p.m. on Election Day

Update: 3:50 p.m. Tuesday Many first-time voters cast their ballots at the University of Kansas’ Burge Union on Tuesday. A line of KU students stretched out the door of the conference room where ballot booths were set up for the students who live and are registered to vote on Daisy ...

Candidates make final pleas in advance of Election Day

TOPEKA – The major candidates in this week’s general election spent much of Monday crisscrossing Kansas as part of their last-minute get-out-the-vote drives. Voters in Kansas are selecting a new governor and at least one new member of the U.S. House. Also on the ballot are all the other ...

Democrats stem 20-year decline in Kansas voter registration numbers

WICHITA — Democrats halted a 20-year decline in Kansas voter registration numbers, but they still trail far behind the dominant Republican party, official figures released Monday show. On the eve of the 2018 midterm election, the Kansas secretary of state’s office released the latest ...

With three close races in Kansas, outcomes may be a matter of chance

TOPEKA – For the first time in many years, the reliably Republican state of Kansas has three major races on the ballot, all with national implications, that could swing either way on Tuesday. The race for governor and the 2nd District congressional race in eastern Kansas are both rated ...

The use of political text messages increases in Kansas. But why?

With Election Day just around the corner, many residents in Douglas County have found they are receiving political messaging in a much more direct manner — through text messages. Shanna Shafer, an unaffiliated voter in Lawrence, said she has received several text messages from both political ...

Judge rules against opening new Dodge City polling site days before election

TOPEKA — Opening a new polling site in Dodge City just days before the election is not in the public's interest because it would likely create more voter confusion, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree denied the motion by the American Civil Liberties Union ...

Federal court hears arguments in Dodge City polling place controversy

UPDATED STORY - Judge rules against opening new Dodge City polling site days before election TOPEKA — A federal judge in Topeka said Thursday that he will rule soon on a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for an order directing Ford County to reopen the one polling place that ...

Kobach echoes Trump on issue of birthright citizenship

Topeka — Republican candidate Kris Kobach on Wednesday echoed President Donald Trump's assertion that Trump can deny U.S. citizenship to babies born to parents living in the country illegally, intensifying a focus on immigration in the final days of a close Kansas governor's race. Kobach, ...

Senate panel advances three Kansas Board of Regents appointments

TOPEKA - A Kansas Senate committee gave its approval Wednesday to Gov. Jeff Colyer's appointments of two new members of the Kansas Board of Regents and the reappointment of another, all three of whom are former state lawmakers. The Board of Regents supervises higher education in Kansas. That ...

Final debate reveals a few new facts about candidates for governor

TOPEKA - The three major candidates for governor in Kansas squared off in their last televised debate Tuesday evening, offering their thoughts and ideas on a handful of issues that hadn't been widely discussed during the campaign, such as their own campaign ads and their views about transgender ...

U.S. attorney to send monitor to observe Dodge City election

Story updated at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30: WICHITA — A federal monitor will be sent to observe voting in Dodge City in the November election, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a court filing. His notification to the court came on the same day that U.S. District Judge Daniel ...

Orman campaign treasurer resigns, endorses Kelly, says Kobach must be stopped

Independent candidate Greg Orman's campaign treasurer resigned Tuesday and endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the race for Kansas governor, according to the Kelly campaign. Tim Owens, a former Republican state senator from Overland Park, announced his departure in a news release issued by the ...

Kansas National Guard to send troops to U.S.-Mexico border

TOPEKA — The Kansas National Guard says it will be sending soldiers and airmen to the U.S.-Mexico border. The announcement Monday comes after the Defense Department said it was sending 5,200 active duty troops to the southern border to prepare for the arrival of a large group migrants moving ...

Laura Kelly leads in fundraising for Kansas governor’s race

TOPEKA - Democrat Laura Kelly has raised $2.3 million during the general election cycle for her bid to be the next governor of Kansas, far more than Republican opponent Kris Kobach, even though recent polls show it to be an extremely close race. According to campaign finance reports that were ...

KPERS turns in positive report for 2017

TOPEKA — After taking steps in recent years to shore up the state's troubled pension system, Kansas lawmakers got good news about the fund's long-term outlook Monday. Its unfunded liability — how much the pension fund will have to pay out over the next 40 years that isn't covered by ...

Why did you get that political mailer? It’s about your ‘score’

TOPEKA - This close to Election Day, a lot of people may be wondering why their mail boxes are stuffed with particular kinds of political ads, and why their friends or neighbors might be getting completely different mailers, or maybe even none at all. The answer is, it's about your "score." ...

Voters Guide: 45th District candidates differ on importance of party affiliation

A former Lawrence mayor is attempting to flip the Kansas 45th House District from red to blue, while his opponent says it is important a Republican continues to represent the district. Democrat Mike Amyx and Republican Cynthia Smith are vying to replace retiring 12-term Republican Tom Sloan in ...

Voters Guide: 3 incumbent Kansas House Democrats unopposed on ballot

Short of a wildly successful last-minute write-in campaign, three incumbent Lawrence Democrats are assured of serving another two-year term in the Kansas House Unopposed on the general election ballot are Barbara Ballard, of the 44th District, which includes Lawrence precincts west of Iowa ...