Election 2020

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Hundreds of thousands of Kansans are expected to vote by mail this election — many for the first time.

The Secretary of State’s office says that as of Oct. 22, more than 490,000 ballots had been mailed out, with still a few days left for voters to request them.

In Sedgwick County, about 87,000 voters have requested advance ballots, an all-time high, says Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman.

The two candidates running for Kansas' U.S. Senate seat met for a debate Thursday night hosted by KMUW and KWCH Channel 12. Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier were asked to share their positions on issues such as the government response to the pandemic; health care and the Affordable Care Act; taxes; and law enforcement.

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President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Follow live updates and analysis here beginning at 8 p.m.

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EL DORADO, Kansas — The culture war issues that are polarizing national politics are also front and center in Kansas’ U.S. Senate contest: race, guns, abortion, climate change.

Supporters of Republican candidate Roger Marshall fear a wave of Democratic victories will trigger radical changes in the nation’s economy and culture; that capitalism will give way to socialism, undocumented immigrants will stream across the U.S.-Mexico border and individual liberties will be threatened.

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The race for Sedgwick County’s 3rd District is between a current commissioner and a retired TV news journalist.

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Kansas could see record-breaking turnout in the Nov. 3 general election, even during a pandemic.

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Voters will decide whether Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell gets a second term representing the county’s 2nd District.

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Long lines marked the start of early voting Monday in Sedgwick County.

Polls opened inside Intrust Bank Arena and the county Election Office Monday morning. At 10 a.m., lines wrapped around the arena before slowing to a steady trickle around lunch time.  

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Early in-person voting for the 2020 election begins today at Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita.

The Sedgwick County Election Office said the arena is an ideal spot for a polling location. “It is centrally located near the bus lines, that way folks who are working downtown or traveling through the downtown area would have a place to vote, and it’s just such a large venue,” said Melissa Schneiders, deputy election commissioner.

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