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Sedgwick County officials are planning to ask the Kansas Legislature to change election laws to make voting easier.

When people use advance voting, they are able to cast ballots at the election office in downtown Wichita or other sites throughout the county. But on Election Day, voters must use their designated polling location.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis says he wants lawmakers to change this policy to allow voters to use any polling place.

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Sedgwick County commissioners renewed a federal grant Wednesday for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care Housing Program gives homeless people a place to live while they work on skills to increase their income and self-sufficiency.

Assistant County Manager Tim Kaufman said Wednesday the program provides housing vouchers with a care component.

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Sedgwick County’s election office is using last week’s recount of a primary race as a benchmark for future recounts or post-election audits.

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A federal judge has granted an unopposed defense request to delay the fraud trial of Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Tuesday set a new trial date for Nov. 13 in federal court in Wichita.

Prosecutors say O'Donnell of fraudulently obtained $10,500 from his campaign accounts for his personal use. A revised indictment charged him last week with 23 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.

His court appearance on the new indictment is Aug. 28.

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A federal judge on Friday denied a motion to dismiss charges against Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state legislator Michael O’Donnell.

Defense attorneys argued that the case is an overreach by federal prosecutors.

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With the recount of last week’s votes for a Sedgwick County Commission race now complete, Commissioner Richard Ranzau remains the winner of the Republican primary for the 4th District.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state Sen. Michael O’Donnell has been charged with more counts of wire fraud and money laundering related to his campaigns for office, just days before a scheduled hearing on Friday to have earlier charges dismissed.

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Sedgwick County commissioners adopted the 2019 budget and capital improvement plan at a meeting Wednesday.

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A Republican candidate for the Sedgwick County Commission is requesting a recount of last week’s primary votes.

Shortly after the Board of Canvassers certified election results Tuesday, Hugh Nicks turned in the paperwork to start recount proceedings in his race against Commissioner Richard Ranzau. The two faced each other in the Republican primary for the commission's 4th District seat.

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People who live in Sedgwick County have an opportunity to give feedback on the 2019 budget proposal at a public hearing on Thursday.

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