2020 Election

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1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas primary

BELLE PLAINE (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time, election data shows. A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of ...

Former Kansas Sen. Kassebaum backs Democrat Bollier in Senate race

Story updated at 9:34 a.m. Thursday TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum has broken again with fellow Kansas Republicans to support Democrat Barbara Bollier for the seat Kassebaum once held. Kassebaum said in a statement Thursday that Bollier shares her belief in working ...

Kansas Republican’s Senate ad relies on out-of-context clips

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Roger Marshall is using out-of-context clips from Democrat Barbara Bollier's ads in a television spot in which his campaign argues that she's trying to hide liberal views from voters, suggesting the GOP doesn't have the race for an open U.S. Senate seat locked ...

Douglas County treasurer to retire with about a year left in her term

Updated at 4:47 p.m. Thursday A longtime county leader will step down from her post at the end of the month. Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist, who was elected to a fourth term in 2016, has informed the County Clerk’s Office that she intends to retire on Monday. She has held the ...

Kansas offers counties drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas secretary of state's office has offered each of the state's 105 counties up to two drop-off boxes where people can deposit their absentee ballots for the November election if they don't mail them in or want to risk voting in person because of the ...

Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker’s Senate bid

TOPEKA — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara ...

Rep. Marshall’s primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

TOPEKA — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a tough year for the GOP. Marshall's first tasks were ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

5 area candidates advance through unopposed primaries

Five candidates in Douglas County faced no opposition Tuesday evening, and four of them will also run unopposed in November. Though running unopposed, all garnered significant numbers of votes in Tuesday's primary election. Those candidates are: -Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, who ...

Lieutenant wins in Douglas County sheriff primary

Story updated at 11 p.m. Tuesday: Lt. Jay Armbrister has won the race for Douglas County sheriff by close to 1,340 votes, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night. Barring a remarkably successful write-in campaign, Armbrister will likely be elected sheriff in the November ...