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Government
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Advance Voting Problems Arise At Sedgwick County Zoo

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  Some people who went to the Sedgwick County Zoo for advance voting in Wichita on Tuesday experienced problems when trying to vote. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the problem was not with the voting machines.

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Government
11:11 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback To Decide Fate Of Voter Affiliation Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback has until March 31 to decide the fate of the Kansas GOP's plan to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.

The Legislature delivered a bill containing the plan to Brownback on Friday. He has 10 days under the state Constitution to sign the measure, to veto it or let it become law without his signature.

The bill prohibits voters registered with a political party from switching their affiliation between the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after results from the August party primaries are certified.

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Voting Laws
5:44 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kansas Voter Registrations Can Be On Hold For Years

As Kansas election officials deal with prospective voters who've not yet complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, hundreds of registrations have remained on hold for more than a year for other reasons.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage

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On August 18, 1920, Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment, providing the final ratification necessary to enact women’s suffrage.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Richard Crowson: I Vote! (By Rote)

How could the Kansas Legislature do what they did? Maybe it’s because they know the Kansas voters always sing the same song.

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Government
5:55 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Where And When You Can Vote In The April Election

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Spring elections are drawing near and starting Wednesday the Sedgwick County Elections office will mail out advance voting applications.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the ballots will go out through March 29, the Friday before the election.

"We just ask when you fill out that application to be sure that you read the instructions and complete it so we don't have a delay in getting your ballot out to you," she says.

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News
5:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Top Morning News 3.13.2013

Lawmakers hold private meeting, AP protests; Advance ballots ready to go out; US Air Force defends light air support plane contract.

Republican Lawmakers Hold Private Meeting On Taxes

Kansas Senate Republicans held a private meeting on tax issues Tuesday, ahead of debate on Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to move the state toward phasing out individual income taxes.

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Government
5:46 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Spring Elections Could Soon Be In The Fall

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A proposal in the Legislature would move the spring local government elections to the fall, so they would coincide with state and national elections. The goal is increasing turnout in local elections, which is sometimes quite low. Secretary of State Kris Kobach discussed the plan with lawmakers Wednesday.

Kobach supports moving the spring elections if lawmakers take additional actions. The problem is that the district maps for the spring elections for local offices do not line up with the state office districts from the fall elections.

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News
5:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Top Morning News 1.24.13

House to discuss union fundraising; Proposal would move spring elections to the fall; Despite looming cuts, Gov's council wants to keep military in the state.

House Bill Would Limit Union Fundraising Abilities

A Kansas House committee is preparing to debate a bill that prevents public employee unions from automatically deducting money from members' paychecks to finance political activities.

The Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee will take up the bill Thursday.

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Election 2012
5:42 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Political Watchers To Gather At Washburn, Discuss 2012 Election

Voters in Douglas County cast ballots on election day.
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Political science professors from around Kansas will gather Thursday to discuss the 2012 election.

Washburn University in Topeka is hosting the meeting, which will focus on the campaign and the election results. Nationwide, Democrats held the presidency and gained some seats in Congress.

Washburn political science professor Bob Beatty says they'll look at how different the election results were nationally and in Kansas, where conservative Republicans gained power in the state Legislature.

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