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Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow Sedgwick County to get around a state-imposed hold on using open polling for the 2020 election cycle.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas and federal election officials say they know the 2020 election could come under attack from foreign governments or rogue hackers. They also insist they’re braced to guard against efforts to tamper with voting.

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A controversial proposal to extend term limits for Wichita City Council members could be put to a city-wide vote next year.

The change would allow council members, including the mayor, to serve three four-year terms; they’re currently limited to two.

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The Interstate Crosscheck system, a controversial voter registration tracking program championed by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was labeled effectively “dead” after a legal agreement was announced Tuesday.  

Johnson County's top election official, Ronnie Metsker, is resigning just over a year after former Secretary of State Kris Kobach appointed him to a new four-year term. 

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab announced the resignation in a statement, but did not say why Metsker is stepping down. All requests for comment from Metsker were directed to the secretary of state's office.

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.

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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.'"

Deadline To Vote In The November Election Is Approaching

Oct 11, 2019
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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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