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Kansas saw a jump in voter turnout in many areas this year as local elections were moved from the spring to the fall, but there could be an even larger long-term impact.

Shawnee County saw voter turnout jump from 14 percent four years ago, to more than 19 percent this year. That’s still low compared to the presidential election last year, but County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell believes this election won’t show the full effect of the change. He suspects more voters may cast ballots in future years as they get in the habit of voting every fall.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers will meet Friday to certify the results of a recount in last week's  mayoral race in Haysville. According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandy Gritz, the two opponents were separated by only 19 votes.

"The recount board met and located all the ballots that were cast in that race and did a hand recount of those ballots," Gritz said. "An independent verification of the hand recount found that the election results, as reported officially after the county canvass, matched the recount results exactly."

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The Kansas Secretary of State's office says new Kansas driver's licenses could not be scanned on electronic poll books across the state during last week's local elections.

Elections Director Bryan Caskey said Monday that did not keep anyone from voting because poll workers manually type in names if scanners can't read the bar codes. He noted other acceptable voter IDs for elections, such as passports, can't be scanned.

Kansas began issuing new driver's licenses that are Real ID compliant in August.

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Early voting is underway in Sedgwick County for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District special election, and with it comes the introduction of new voting machines.

This story originally aired on March 28, 2017

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says citizens will still have an option to vote either by paper ballot or electronically.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is getting ready for the 4th Congressional District special election.

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach says this election will break records in Kansas. Kobach predicts 72 percent of registered voters will cast ballots, a jump from 67 percent in 2012.

If his estimate rings true, that would be an all-time-high of 1.3 million votes.

Kobach says turnout is being driven by tight legislative races and what he calls an “unusual” presidential race.

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There’s a legal challenge underway to a new state regulation that would throw out some votes cast by thousands of Kansans. It affects people who registered to vote at the DMV but didn’t turn in a citizenship document required under Kansas law.

The rule says nearly 20,000 Kansans with a suspended voter registration would be allowed to cast ballots, but only their votes in federal races would be counted.

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The State Election Board on Monday decided that an Osage County woman is a citizen and will be able to vote, despite the fact that she doesn’t have a document proving it.

Kansas law requires people registering to vote for the first time in the state to prove their U.S. citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate.

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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.

Kobach To Improve Voter Registration Process At DMV

May 19, 2016
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's improving the voter registration process at motor vehicle offices. On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that thousands of people be added to the state’s voter rolls, even though they supposedly didn't provide citizenship documents while registering to vote at DMV locations.

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