Election 2020

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Key 2020 Dates

  • October 13 | Deadline to register to vote in the general election.
  • October 14 | Sedgwick County election office begins mailing advance General Election ballots.
  • October 19 - November 2 | Early voting in person is available at the Sedgwick County Election Office. Click here for details.
  • October 27 | Last day to return advance ballots by mail for General Election.
  • October 27 - 31 | Early voting in person is available at Sedgwick County Early Voting Centers. Click here for locations and hours.
  • November 3 | General Election Day

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KMUW's 2020 Election Blueprint is supported by the COVID-19 Connection Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

TOPEKA, Kansas — It’s little surprise that the candidates for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat sharply disagree on taxes, trade, immigration and climate change. What’s unclear is who voters will most agree with in November: Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall or Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier.

Bollier, a retired doctor, believes Marshall’s down-the-line support of President Donald Trump has created an opportunity for her to ride anti-Trump sentiment in the state’s population centers to an upset.

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Voter registrations are up in Sedgwick County, with six weeks to go until Election Day.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says more than 312,000 people are registered to vote in the general election. That’s up about 8,000 since the August primary, and about 18,000 since 2016, the last presidential election.

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Sedgwick County plans to set up a “mega voting site” at Intrust Bank Arena for early voting in the November general election.

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A panel of Sedgwick County leaders dismissed an effort to remove a Democratic candidate from a Sedgwick County Commission race.

The panel of three officials ruled Monday that Sarah Lopez will remain on the ballot for the 2nd District county commission seat. She is running against Republican Michael O’Donnell, who is seeking a second term.

Former O’Donnell campaign worker John Whitmer, a Republican, filed an objection with the county election office last week questioning whether Lopez lived in the 2nd District.

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Sedgwick County plans to install more than a dozen ballot drop boxes ahead of the November general election.

The drop boxes will be placed strategically in cities around Sedgwick County as a convenient option for voters to return their advance mail ballot.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the boxes are part of COVID-19-related safety precautions for elections. She says the boxes will also help ease voter concerns about postmarks and an overwhelmed postal service.

TOPEKA, Kansas — A near sweep by conservatives over moderates in several primary races this week sets up more conflict over the next two years between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

“There will be a lot of feuding and fighting going on, particularly given the COVID situation,” said Rep. Tom Phillips, a moderate Republican from Manhattan who isn’t seeking a fifth term.

Republican leaders could further limit Kelly’s power to guide the state’s response to the pandemic and power past her objections to reducing corporate taxes.

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Updated Wednesday at 3:44 p.m. to reflect Hunter Larkin's new role as mayor of Goddard

Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis is the apparent winner of the Republican primary for the county’s 3rd District seat.

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Voters picked Michael O’Donnell as the winner of the Republican primary for Sedgwick County Commission’s 2nd District.

Patrick Penn easily defeated incumbent Michael Capps in the Republican primary for the District 85 seat in the Kansas House. 

Penn captured more than 76% of the vote.

"We are elated right now," Penn said after early results showed him in the lead. "This is some of the best news I’ve ever seen."

The former Army veteran was backed by the Republican Party against Capps, who is serving his first full term.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas’ biggest primary race was one of the first to be decided Tuesday: U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall secured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and will face Democratic nominee Barbara Bollier in the November general election.

Officials had cautioned that the record numbers of mail-in advanced ballots — a sign of the times in a pandemic — could lead to delayed results. But by 10:30 p.m., all of the major contests were over.

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