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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach pushed to get his office the authority to prosecute voting crimes. A bill to rescind those powers got its first hearing Monday.

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Sedgwick County commissioners are working on a list of priorities for state lawmakers to take up during the 2019 legislative session.

They held a meeting Tuesday to revise the county’s annual legislative platform before it comes up for a formal vote. The platform is an outline of key initiatives for the county's lobbyists and governmental representatives.

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Political experts say Kansas is seeing an increasing urban-rural divide, especially after the November election when Democratic voters in the state's urban centers pushed Laura Kelly to defeat Republican Kris Kobach in the governor's race.

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Election Day in Kansas is expected to surpass previous midterm elections. One college student in Wichita said he voted for the first time in a general election because of concerns about voter suppression in the state.

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More than a quarter of all registered voters in Sedgwick County have already cast ballots ahead of Election Day.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says her office processed more than 860 voters in the last hours of early voting Monday.

A federal judge has ruled that Ford County, Kansas, does not have to provide a second polling place in Dodge City on Election Day.

In a ruling late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree denied a request for a temporary restraining order filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in late October on behalf of a Dodge City resident and a Latino community organization. 

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Halloween drew many children scurrying to neighborhood doors anticipating a sweet treat. But one young activist in Kansas wasn't looking for candy, she was giving it — along with a message to vote.

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More places to vote in Sedgwick County are available starting Tuesday.

Sedgwick County designated 15 churches, community buildings and a library as polling locations for the next four days. The election office in downtown Wichita will be open until noon on Monday, Nov. 5, for early voting.

Local organizers in Dodge City fought for more, and more accessible, polling places even before their lone, out-of-the-way voting location drew national attention.

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued County Clerk Debbie Cox.

Come in and sit down at Anita Parsa’s kitchen table. Help yourself to the chocolate chip cookies and she’ll get you an iced tea. Might as well make yourself comfortable.

Because for the next hour, she’s going to school you on a massive voter-tracking program run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  

“I like to figure out puzzles,” Parsa says. “I like to crack things, and that’s what this is all about.”

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