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Today is the last day to register to vote in the Kansas primary on Aug. 2. (Not that you need another reminder.)

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This post was updated on Tuesday at 12:21 p.m.

With little notice, a state panel has approved a temporary election rule that will have some Kansans vote with provisional ballots, but only their votes in federal races will be counted. Votes for state and local races will be tossed out.

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It’s time to start voting, Kansas.

From the top of the primary ballot to the bottom there are important decisions to make by Aug. 2.

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Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in Sedgwick County before the Aug. 2 primary.

People can register by mail, on site at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or at the Sedgwick County Election office in downtown Wichita.

Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz says people can also submit a voter registration card via fax, email or online, but it must be done by Tuesday, July 12, at 11:59 p.m. The timeline is different when registering in person.

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In far western Kansas, Senate District 39 spans 10 counties – it’s vast and it’s flat.

For once, there is a Democratic candidate out here. Zach Worf, a political novice, is the first Democrat to try for the Senate seat in a long time.

The real race is still the Republican primary. This time, it’s a contest between incumbent Sen. Larry Powell and Garden City Rep. John Doll.

Doll says he knows what the prime attack against him will be: that he used to be a Democrat.

Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Highway Patrol will send troopers to Ohio to help with security at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Highway Patrol was contacted through a national system that allows law enforcement agencies to request help from organizations in other states.

KHP Lieutenant Adam Winters says Kansas troopers will be assisting federal and state law enforcement agencies at the convention.

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Voting in the August 2 primaries begins July 13 when the Sedgwick County Election Office begins mailing out ballots.

Advance voting ballots are available on request. People can apply up until the Friday before Election Day.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman urges voters to mail them back quickly.

"They have to be back in our office by 7 p.m. on election night," she says. "We recommend, though, with changes in the postal system, that as soon as you get that, you vote it and return it because it does take some time now."


Special interest groups and some Republican delegates are actively pushing to unbind delegates for the upcoming convention so that they can vote freely for any candidate. One GOP leader in Wichita is not in favor of the move.

Kelly Arnold, chair of the Kansas Republican Party, serves on the committee that determines the rules at the Republican National Convention, which is being held in Cleveland later this month. Arnold says there's a push from people who aren't fully on board with presumptive nominee Donald Trump to vote for another candidate.

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To say that many educators in Kansas are fed up with state lawmakers would be an understatement. The state Legislature has been putting a tighter and tighter squeeze on public schools in recent years, and this election season, educators are trying to send legislators packing.

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Kansans who register to vote using a federal form at the Department of Motor Vehicles will have to provide proof of citizenship as a lawsuit plays out, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The League of Women Voters and other civil rights groups had sought a preliminary injunction to block such rules in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia.