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.
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.
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.
A political forum was held at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church Sunday giving voters a chance to learn more about candidates before going to the polls.
Several candidates took part in a forum sponsored by 19 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee. Democrat Gail Finney, an incumbent running for the 84th district responded to a question about corporate personhood, affordable health care, and student debt.
Finney says its, what she calls, "the 1 percenters" who benefit the most.
Some voters in Wichita are taking advantage of casting their ballots early during this election cycle, but so far there hasn't been as many advanced voters in person as in 2008.
On the first day of voting Wednesday, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of early voters was a little more than 400, about half as many as on the first day of advanced voting during the 2008 Presidential Election. However, Lehman says voting by mail has significantly increased.