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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.

There’s a common thread among the campaigns of several men aspiring to replace Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — promises of administrative competence.

So says Emporia State political scientist Michael Smith. It jumped out at him as he perused some of their websites.

“To me,” he said, it “has sort of a subtext, that that has not been Kobach’s focus.”

Registering to vote in the upcoming Kansas primaries? A federal court ruling issued last week means you won’t need your passport, birth certificate or other citizenship papers to do that.

That ruling took immediate effect.

But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to appeal. So what happens next? Here’s a summary based on interviews with legal experts.

The status check

A devastating legal blow last week to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s voter fraud platform will, in all likelihood, land in the lap of one of six men vying for his job.

That person could decide whether to press or kill Kobach’s appeal of a federal ruling that blocks the office from making would-be voters dig up birth certificates or other documents that show U.S. citizenship.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office took a trove of public records offline Thursday after a technology website discovered that they reveal partial Social Security numbers for potentially thousands of state officials.

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A former Uber and Google executive is running for the Democratic nomination for Kansas secretary of state.

Brian McClendon's announcement Monday is a sign that Democrats are making a serious run at a statewide office held by Kris Kobach, an early supporter of President Donald Trump. Kobach is running for the Republican nomination for governor this year.

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The latest candidate to join the race for secretary of state says strict Kansas voter registration policies should stay in place, but they could be better implemented.

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Candidates are lining up to run for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s job. The latest entrant has been feuding with Kobach over a claim he’s made in his campaign for governor.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas says wording on a state website might leave voters confused about whether they’re eligible to cast a ballot. The group is asking Secretary of State Kris Kobach to change the site.

The U.S. attorney’s office for Kansas will have a hotline ready where voters can report any potential problems on Election Day.

Election Day issues can range from signs or other campaigning too close to a polling place all the way to intimidating voters or trying to impersonate a voter.

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