Election 2020

Washington, D.C., or Topeka: No matter the seat of power, you deserve to know who is on the ballot and what their views are.

The time has come to cast a ballot — but for whom? The Kansas News Service can help you make your decision with this rundown of the major races, links to our stories and handy comparisons of the congressional candidates.

U.S. Senate: Doctor vs. Doctor

Democrat Barbara Bollier is a state senator (who left the Republican Party in 2018) from the ritzy Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills. She's also a retired anesthesiologist.

Two retired doctors are vying for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, but that’s where the similarities end.

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In south-central Kansas, Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Estes is seeking a second full term representing a district he won easily in 2018 with almost 60% of the vote.

His message to voters: "Keep Kansas red."

But his Democratic challenger, trade specialist Laura Lombard, says this year's election is much different — because the issues are much different. And she's hopeful she can turn the 4th Congressional District blue for the first time in more than two decades.

Here's where Estes and Lombard stand on some of the biggest issues in this year's election.

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TOPEKA, Kansas — The two doctors running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas are offering very different prescriptions for increasing access to affordable health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas law that prohibits electioneering within a 250-foot buffer zone of a polling location is constitutional and does not infringe on the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

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ھل انت مسجل؟ (Are you registered?)

لست متأكدا؟ (Not sure?)

تحقق مع مكتب الانتخابات في مقاطعتك: (Check with your county election office:)


یمكنك تحدیث تسجیلك عبر الإنترنت إذا كان لدیك رخصة قیادة .صادرة عن كنساس أو رقم بطاقة ھویة غیر سائق: (You can register online or by mail as long as you have a Kansas-issued driver's license or nondriver's identification card number:)

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En Kansas, los votantes registrados tienen algunas opciones para emitir su voto: en los lugares de votación temprana a partir de 15 días antes de una elección, o en su lugar de votación designado el día de las elecciones. Y para aquellos que quieren una opción usando el distanciamiento social, los votantes registrados pueden completar una boleta de voto temprano por correo.

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In Kansas, registered voters have a few options to cast their vote: at early polling locations starting 15 days before an election, or at your designated polling location on Election Day. And, for those wanting a more socially-distanced option, registered voters can complete an advance mail-in ballot.

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Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City Wednesday night. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19.

Follow live updates and fact-checks on the debate beginning at 8 p.m. You can also listen to the debate live on KMUW 89.1 FM.


The two candidates running for Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday night hosted by KMUW and KWCH Channel 12. Republican Rep. Ron Estes and Democratic candidate Laura Lombard were asked to share their positions on issues such as criminal justice reform, marijuana laws, and, of course, the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on the economy.