election 2012

Election Coverage
12:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected

Officials do not expect a special election in Topeka to result in a legal battle because it didn’t reverse the outcome of a Republican primary for the Kansas House. 

Shawnee County officials Wednesday certified the results from the special election. It was held Tuesday for a single polling place in Topeka where some voters received the wrong ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Discrimination Protection
12:56 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Hutchinson Ballots Could Have Dueling Gay Rights Issues

Hutchinson voters in November might face ballot issues that would either repeal gay rights or broaden them. 

In June, the Hutchinson City Council added protections against discrimination in housing and employment for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

After the vote, opponents began gathering signatures on petitions to require a November vote to repeal that ordinance. Today, the Kansas Equality Coalition announced it would gather signatures on a ballot question asking voters to approve wider protections for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

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Election 2012
6:05 am
Fri August 10, 2012

At Least 80 Voters Given Wrong Ballots At Topeka Polling Place

The Kansas Statehouse.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

 

A mix-up at a polling place in Topeka could affect the outcome of two Republican primary elections for seats in the Kansas House. At least 80 voters were given the wrong ballots.

The victor in one of the affected House races won by just 41 votes.

Politics
7:50 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Democrats Say They’ll Be Competitive In Fall Elections

Representative Paul Davis (left, D-Lawrence) and Senator Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) talk to reporters.
Stephen Koranda

Democrats in the Legislature say they are in a good position to pick up some seats in the fall election.

In this week’s primary elections, conservative Republicans beat more moderate candidates in many races.

Democrats say that could affect their chances in the fall election.

Election 2012
5:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election Results From Major Races In August 7 Primary

Marc Bennett won the Republican primary for Sedgwick County district attorney over Kevin O’Connor.  There was no Democratic candidate.

Karl Peterjohn kept his seat on the Sedgwick County Commission winning over Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell.

Jeff Easter defeated incumbent Bob Hinshaw in the Republican primary for Sedgwick County sheriff.

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Election 2012
7:43 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Voters Go To Polls Tuesday, Photo ID Required

The primary election is Tuesday and for the second time in Sedgwick County history, photo identification will be required.

This primary election is the second time voters will need to show their ID when they go to the polls in Sedgwick county.

It also also carries more weight than most.

A number of races will likely be decided tomorrow, including the race for Sedgwick County District Attorney, Sedgwick county Sheriff, state Board of Education in district 8, Sedgwick county commissioner in district 3 and 5 of the 6 open seats in the 18th judicial district.

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Election 2012
7:07 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Secretary of State Predicts Low Voter Turnout In KS Primaries

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the Kansas primary elections next week. Kobach says he doesn’t believe the hotly contested races for the state Legislature will spur much voter participation.

“Historically, while those races sometimes become very fierce and very heavily contested with money spent,” says Kobach.

“They don’t necessarily drive people to the polls like a hotly contested race higher on the ballot might do.”

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Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Candidates In 8th District BOE Race Discuss NCLB, Evolution

Half of the Kansas Board of Education’s 10 seats are on the ballot in this year’s elections.  The August 7 primary will most likely settle the race in Wichita’s 8th district. Both Republican candidates say they’re ready to serve.

At a recent forum in Wichita, 70 year old incumbent, Walt Chappell, explained why he’s running for a second 4-year term on the state school board. Chappell told the crowd it’s important to provide relevant education to every child.

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Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Advance Voting Begins Thursday

Advance voting begins Thursday at 15 satellite sites in Sedgwick County including The Center for Health and Wellness, Bel Aire City Building and the Sedgwick County Zoo. 

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters can take advantage of the opportunity before the August 7 Primary.

“Voters can start going to any of our satellite sites today beginning at noon and those will be open until Saturday at 4pm and the voters just need to make sure to bring their government issued voter ID,” says Lehman.

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Election 2012
6:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Candidate Forum To Take Place Sunday At Wichita State

With the August 7 primary approaching, voters will have the opportunity to hear from some of the candidates.

The Wichita Voter Empowerment 2012 Committee will sponsor a Community Candidates Forum at a church near Wichita State this Sunday.

Candidates running for office on the National, State and Local level have confirmed their attendance at the forum.

Several candidates will participate in a question and answer period after their platform presentations.  A meet the candidate reception will follow. 

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