Abigail Beckman

The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers met Thursday to approve that votes on provisional ballots from the Nov. 8 general election be counted.

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says there were around 5,000 provisional ballots from the general election that were yet to be counted at the beginning of the meeting. The Board of Canvassers voted unanimously to allow those votes to be tabulated.

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach pushed for tighter voting laws in Kansas aimed at preventing voter fraud. He also was an early supporter of Donald Trump and has advised the campaign. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on what the Trump election could mean for voting laws like the ones in Kansas.

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Sedgwick County’s election commissioner is reminding voters that political discussions and campaigning are not allowed at polling locations.

Kansas law prohibits electioneering and “disorderly election conduct” at or within a certain distance of polling places. That means people can’t wear any buttons or t-shirts or hats that identify a candidate or political party or engage in any other type of campaign activity.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman is preparing poll workers to recognize and react to possible voter intimidation during Tuesday’s general election.

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A judge has granted a permanent injunction in the ever-changing voter registration system in Kansas, but who must prove U.S. citizenship to vote, and who does not, are still questions floating in the air.

A temporary injunction has now become final. It's the much-litigated issue about registering to vote at DMVs with the federal form or at local elections offices.

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The number of Kansas voters not affiliated with the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian parties is growing.

Kansas remains a Republican stronghold: The GOP is the state’s largest party with 44 percent of the registered voters in the state.

The number of unaffiliated voters stands at about 30 percent, higher than the ranks of Democrats.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said during a press conference Thursday that the number of unaffiliated voters has been growing in recent years, and the presidential race this year has sustained that trend.

Kansans can cast their ballots early (and many are doing so). But for everyone who wants to vote on Election Day, here are some things you need to know:

1. What’s my registration status?

It doesn’t hurt to check before you go. Kansas residents can check online to see if they’re registered to vote.

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Nearly twice as many Kansas voters are now casting ballots at early polling sites across the state, compared to the last presidential election, according to the secretary of state's office.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, 67,211 people voted in person almost double the 33,832 who did so at that point in the 2014 election. Mail-in ballots are going out at roughly the same pace, with 173,893 mail-in ballots sent out since Oct. 19 across Kansas. Some 49,568 mail-in ballots have been returned. 

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Dozens of Wichita high school students and young adults are trying to get people engaged in the election process this year.

They staged a large gathering called a “Vote Mob” at the Sedgwick County Courthouse on Tuesday. KMUW’s Abigail Beckman caught up with some first-time voters.

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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Kansans who want to vote by mail for the fall election should probably get on it sooner rather than later.

In Kansas, voters can request advance ballots, mail them back and skip going to the polls at all. Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby says if that’s what you want to do, request a ballot as soon as possible. There needs to be enough time for election officials to mail you a ballot, for you to fill it out and mail it back.

Newby stresses that the ballots have to be back by the end of Election Day.