2020 Election

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2020 Voters Guide: Democrat Shannon Reid appears likely to win Douglas County Commission seat; Republican who previously withdrew won’t say whether he’s actively campaigning

After a long and drawn-out count of the votes in the Democratic primary election, candidate Shannon Reid appears likely to fill the 2nd District seat for the Douglas County Commission. However, her name won’t be the only one on the ballot when voters take to the polls on Nov. 3. Reid, 35, ...

Douglas County clerk to answer readers’ questions about upcoming election

With election day nearing, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew told the Journal-World his office has been working to dispel misinformation that has been getting to voters. As residents are being asked to cast their general election ballots during a global pandemic, Shew said he and his office ...

More voting options, fewer polling sites planned in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE (AP) — Kansas voters will have more options this year to cast their ballot, easing the pressure on fewer available in-person polling sites on Election Day amid pandemic concerns that have closed traditional voting locations in many churches and nursing homes, election officials ...

The 2 Kansas doctors running for U.S. Senate, and their 2 plans for health care

TOPEKA — The two doctors running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas are offering very different prescriptions for increasing access to affordable health care during the coronavirus pandemic. Both Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier want to make big changes to the nation’s ...

Private donations help boost funding for election offices in Kansas

WICHITA (AP) — Charities are stepping up to help local officials run elections across the nation, including in Kansas, during the coronavirus pandemic. Sedgwick County, the state's second most populous county, has received a $816,458 grant from the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life to ...

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 ...