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TOPEKA, Kansas The road to democracy is paved in donuts.

At least that’s the case if you dropped by Washburn University’s Memorial Union for lunch on a recent afternoon, followed the “free donuts” sign and blaring rock music down to the lower level, where there were not just boxes of glazed temptation, but smiling faces holding out electronic tablets.

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Wichitans in District 2 — which covers much of east and northeast Wichita — will elect their new City Council candidate on Nov. 5.

Residents of the district were able to start casting votes this week as early voting began. Their choices include a public health advocate, former state representative and a former speech writer for current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Becky Tuttle

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Wichita's school board will have three seats up for election on Nov. 5.

But with Ernestine Krehbiel running unopposed for the District 3 seat, voters will instead focus on the candidates vying for the two other spots.

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On June 3, the last day for candidates to file, Mike Magness entered the race for Wichita City Council.

"I watched. It was about spring break, so this would be, what, middle of March,” says Magness, a longtime teacher. "I would start looking to see who would put up their name for District 5. Nobody, nobody, nobody.

"And then late May, after Memorial Day, Mr. Frye put his name in, and then nobody else, and I thought, 'Somebody needs to run against him.'"

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The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Tuesday.

Carole Neal is the Voter Service chair with the League of Women Voters of Kansas, a nonprofit that encourages people to participate in government. She says people seem more aware of this election, which is reflected in more people registering to vote.

Neal said people realize their voice needs to be heard.

“We’ve really tried to educate ... them how one vote can make a difference, especially in a local election,” she said.

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Supporters of Lyndy Wells are encouraging the Wichita businessman to campaign as a write-in candidate in next month's mayoral election.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is recruiting workers for the November election.

Workers are paid for mandatory training, and for working at Early Voting Centers and on Election Day.

Cross-trained clerks, runners and provisional ballot judges are paid $7.50 an hour. Supervising judges are paid $10 an hour; supervising judges and runners are also paid mileage.

Melissa Schnieders is the deputy election commissioner for Sedgwick County. She said between 600 and 700 workers help with mayoral and school district elections.

Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service

Kansas lawmakers spent years imposing ever tougher restrictions on abortion and then saw the state Supreme Court declare that women hold a right to the procedure.

Now Republicans and abortion opponents appear determined to amend the Kansas Constitution to reverse that ruling.

Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead launch a primary challenge against Republican Congressman Steve Watkins.

Maize USD 266

Voters in the Maize school district approved a $108.2 million bond for two new schools and a complex for an auditorium and indoor swimming pool.

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